Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday Night Pasta Salad

Heellloo  everyone!  I so meant to post this yesterday, but just didn't have time.   I've been seeing pasta salads everywhere lately and have been wanting to make one, but never really had the right veggies on hand to throw one together. This time I just happen to have a small variety of some good veggies, so I whipped up a pasta salad for supper Tuesday night.  Here's what mine consisted of ~

whole wheat rotini (1/2  box)
broccoli (1 bunch)
asparagus (1 small bunch)
zucchini (1 med )
2 Roma's, diced
1 carrot, shredded
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp basil, dried (I totally forgot that I had fresh basil growing outside until I was eating...duh)
1 tsp herbamare
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1 tbs olive oil
2 tbs nutritional yeast

Bring water to a boil and add pasta.  While pasta is cooking chop, dice, mince and shred the veggies.  Once the pasta has finished cooking, drain and rinse in a colander.  Add the pasta back into the pot, and add all the vegetables except for the carrots and tomatoes.  Add about 1/4 cup water and olive oil.  Cook over low/med heat to slightly cook/steam the veggies.  After about 5 minutes add the carrots, tomatoes, Italian dressing, other spices, and the nutritional yeast.  Cook for another 5 minutes, or longer if you want your vegetables cooked more.  You may need to add more water to prevent the pasta from sticking if you choose to cook yours longer.

I'll definitely be making more of this pasta salad.  It turned out great.  Tuesday night I ate it hot, but Wednesday for lunch I ate it cold.  I definitely prefer my pasta hot.  For some reason cold pasta weirds me out a little...kinda like cold pizza...just not my favorite.  I can and will eat it cold....I just prefer it hot.  This would be a good pasta salad to take to a family/ friends get together this summer.  I need to remember that for any future parties that I may be attending.  :o)



  1. This looks really good! I love pasta salad. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great, and I love pasta salad, although here is to cold for it now :-)


  3. That's pretty cool that you will be attending future parties. I still have a ton of pasta salad left over from a few weeks ago. It still looks edible.

  4. Heellloo! I love that! :D

    That pasta salad is so chock full of veggies! Sounds awesome. Pasta salad always hits the spot in my book...and great party fare too! You've definitely put pasta salad in my mind now...I think I see some in my near future. :)

    Happy almost-Friday Michelle!

  5. Looks great! I like that yours is chock full of vegetables. I'm beginning to come around to cold pasta, just because it's so adaptable and easy.

  6. Oh, I really am a fan of cold pasta. Sorry! I love hearing about the things that weird you out, though ... broccoli stems! :)

    This looks like a great mix of veggies. I know you won't forget the fresh basil next time! have a great weekend.

  7. Pasta salads just scream summer! This one looks great!

  8. I love pasta salad :) i just dont make it too often because i will eat the whole thing and then feel the size of a house :) Your recipe is almost identical to mine! Have a great Friday Michelle

  9. Wow that looks so fresh and delicious! Perfect for a summer potluck! I like loading up mine with veggies!

  10. ooh you're like me! italian dressing is a must in pasta salad! I want to learn to make my own that doesnt taste like gritty spices and tastes like a bottle of the "good stuff" haha! =)

    Happy 4th of july weekend love!!!!