Monday, July 5, 2010

Donna's Pasta Salad

I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day.  We actually bought fireworks this year. It was pretty exciting to watch 30 something men lighting things on fire and running away--haha.We did have a great time having a cookout with several of our friends. Of course we celebrated with lots of great food. One of my contributions was my aunt Donna's pasta salad. This colorful salad is chilled, sweet, and loaded with veggies, which makes up for the homemade ice cream w/peanut butter cookie dough! My family has this pasta salad at just about every family gathering.
I used whole wheat pasta, but you could use regular pasta if desired. 
Total cost: about $7 (serves 10-12)....less than $1/person!

1 cucumber, cubed, no seeds
1 tomato, cubed, no seeds
1 onion, cubed
8oz cheese, cubed
1 bell pepper, cubed
1 box of whole wheat pasta (penne, bowtie, spiral, etc--or use half boxes for variety!)
We double the following ingredients for the sauce---the more the better!...but if you want to go easy, just use these measurements...
1 c mayo
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp vinegar
2 Tbl milnot (or whipping cream)
  • Cook noodles as directed. Drain. Cool.
  • Add veggies and cheese. 
  • Coat with dressing. 
  • Refrigerate a couple of hours before serving.

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