May 7, 2015

Pasta & Veggie Salad

May 2, 2015

I thought I would share a yummy pasta salad recipe with you today. I do not cook as much as I used to, since we have an empty nest. But when I do cook, I prefer simple recipes with easy ingredients. I venture to say that you may have most of these ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator. If you do need to go grocery shopping, the ingredients are easy to find! Nothing exotic in this dish. :-)

I love pasta and I love fresh vegetables. This recipe combines both! 

I love a simple, easy recipe! This one is. 

I like one that can rest in the refrigerator for a day or two for "self-service." This one can.

I also like a dish that can be made a day ahead and put into the 
fridge for the next day when company comes. Yes! 

I think this one fits the bill. It is nothing fancy. But it is good. Yes it is.

I seem to lean toward recipes that give me options to add more or less of different ingredients. This one could...but I like it this way. This salad can serve as a main dish or as a side dish, depending on portion size. 

Pasta & Veggie Salad

16 ounces of dry penne pasta.
2 red bell peppers, diced.
4 cups frozen peas, thawed under cold water.
1/2 a Vidalia onion, diced
3 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese.
1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip

Cook pasta according to package directions. When al dente, drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking. 

While pasta is cooking dice red bell peppers, and onion. Set aside. Measure Miracle whip and cheese. set aside. 

Thaw frozen peas under running water, then drain.

When the pasta has cooled...put it in a large mixing bowl. Then:
Add diced veggies. 
Add thawed peas. 
Add shredded cheese. 
Add Miracle Whip. (Watch to see if you need to add extra, for moisture.)
Stir and fold all ingredients until evenly distributed. 
Place plastic wrap over the bowl of pasta and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. This lets the flavors meld before serving. 
When ready to serve...put the salad in a pretty bowl...and enjoy. Bon App├ętit!  

Note: If you add additional veggies, you may need to add more Miracle Whip so that your salad does not become too dry.

Note: I only added some sea salt to the pasta water. If you wish to add salt and pepper, you may. We do not add salt or pepper to our food because I am allergic to black pepper...and we do not need any extra salt in our diets.
I think that if you have some fresh summer could add or substitute to your taste. Consider cherry tomatoes,or spring onion instead of Vidalia.

A bowl of pasta, with crusty French bread, and a large glass of sweet tea, with lemon. This could be lunch! :-)

These ingredients make a large bowl of salad! You have enough to share with a neighbor or friend. I think this would make a good pot luck dish also. 

I hope you like it as much as I do. Hubby does.

Feel free to share this recipe with your family and friends! I would ask you to please credit MyKentuckyLiving with a link if you wish to share this on your blog or other social media.

Thanks for visiting. 
My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

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