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Italian-Style Pasta Toss

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  • Brief Description

    Pasta tossed with zucchini, cauliflower, olives, tomatoes, pepperoni, cheese, and Italian dressing; let chill a few hours before serving. Delish!

  • Main Ingredient

    corkscrew pasta

  • Category:  Pasta

  • Cuisine:  American

  • Prep Time:  30 min(s)

  • Cook Time:  0 min(s)

  • Recipe Type:  Public

  • Source:

    adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

  • Tags:

    Family Kid-Friendly Picnic Make-Ahead Party Large groups Tailgating Potluck

  • Notes:

    To make dressing yourself, combine 1/2 cup olive oil or salad oil with 1/4 cup wine vinegar, 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 teaspoons crushed dried basil, 1 teaspoon crushed dried oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cover and shake well to combine. Other ingredients can be prepped while the noodles are cooking; all done about the same time, then toss and put in the fridge. Super easy.

  • Posted By:  mcarr

  • Posted On:  Mar 01, 2012

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Number of Servings:


  1. 7 ounces - corkscrew macaroni or tortellini
  2. 1 1/2 cups - cubed Swiss or provolone cheese
  3. 6 ounces - sliced salami or Turkey pepperoni cut into strips
  4. 1 cups - cauliflower florets thinly sliced
  5. 1 cups - zucchini thinly sliced
  6. 1/2 - red onion (optional) sliced thinly
  7. 1/2 cups - green or red pepper chopped
  8. 1/2 cups - ripe olives sliced, pitted
  9. 1/4 cups - grated parmesan cheese
  10. 1/4 cups - snipped parsley
  11. 1 bottles - Italian salad dressing
  12. 2 - medium tomatoes (or 1/2 cup of whole grape tomatoes) cut into wedges


Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta; rinse with cold water and drain again.

In a bowl toss together pasta, cubed cheese, salami or pepperoni, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, onion, olives, Parmesan cheese & parsley.

Pour Italian salad dressing (to taste) over all to coat and toss well.

Cover; chill 4 to 24 hours. To serve, add tomatoes; toss gently.


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