Cold Pasta Recipes

Food/Cooking - Cooking
By: kawaiitalamoon    
15-Sep-2013

Introduction:Everyone has a favorite hot pasta dish from the Italian Lasagna to the American version of spaghetti and meat balls but cold pasta salads are a great alterative and a wonderful way to add more vegetables in to meal.

  • 01

    Classic Macaroni Salad

    5-6 Servings

    4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 cup vinegar
    1/3 cup white sugar
    2 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
    1 teaspoons salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 large onion
    3 stalks celery
    1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    1 medium carrot (grated use small side for easy hiding )
    2 tablespoons pimento peppers

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

    In a large bowl big enough to fit everything, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper.

    Chop all vegetables (except carrot which need to be grated) as small as possible (this makes it easier to hide.)

    Stir in the vegetables and pasta. Tossing tell evenly coated. Cover and Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving, but preferably overnight.

  • 02

    Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

    5-6 Servings

    1 (12 ounce) package tri-color rotini pasta
    10 slices bacon
    1 cup mayonnaise
    3 tablespoons dry ranch salad dressing mix
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1/2 cup milk
    1 large tomato
    1 (4.25 ounce) can sliced black olives
    1 large onion
    2 stalks celery
    1 medium carrot (grated use small side for easy hiding.)
    1/4 Broccoli
    1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

    Cook bacon until evenly brown. Drain and chop.

    In a large bowl big enough to fit everything, whisk together mayonnaise, ranch dressing mix, garlic powder, and garlic pepper. Stir in milk until smooth.

    Chop all vegetables (except carrot which need to be grated) as small as possible (this makes it easier to hide.)

    Stir in the vegetables, bacon and pasta. Tossing tell evenly coated. Cover and Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving, but preferably overnight.Toss with additional milk if the salad seems a little dry.

  • 03

    Greek Pasta Salad

    5-6 Servings

    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/2 cup red wine vinegar
    1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
    3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    3/4 teaspoon white sugar
    2 cups elbow macaroni
    3 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
    15 cherry tomatoes, halved
    1 cup sliced red bell peppers
    3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    1/2 cup chopped green onions
    1 (4 ounce) can whole black olives
    3/4 cup sliced pepperoni sausage, cut into strips

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

    In a large bowl big enough to fit everything, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, basil, oregano, black pepper, and sugar.

    Chop all vegetables as small as possible (this makes it easier to hide.)

    Stir in the vegetables, meat, cheese and pasta. Tossing tell evenly coated. Toss until evenly coated. Cover and Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving, but preferably overnight.

  • 04

    Italian Pasta Salad

    5-6 Servings

    1 cup mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    2 cups colored rotini pasta
    1 cup chopped tomatoes
    1/2 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
    1/2 cup sliced black olives

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

    In a large bowl big enough to fit everything, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, black pepper, and garlic until well blended. Mix in basil.

    Chop all vegetables as small as possible (this makes it easier to hide.)

    Stir in the vegetables and pasta.Tossing tell evenly coated. Cover and Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving, but preferably overnight.

  • 05

    Southwestern Pasta Salad

    5-6 Servings

    1/2 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    2 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    1 1/2 cups whole kernel corn
    1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
    1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
    1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
    1 large onion, chopped
    1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
    1 cup chopped tomatoes


    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

    In a large bowl big enough to fit everything, whisk together Olive oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, salt and garlic. Stir in pasta and set aside to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

    Chop all vegetables as small as possible (this makes it easier to hide.)

    Stir in the vegetables and pasta.Tossing tell evenly coated. Cover and Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving, but preferably overnight.




Final Thoughts

Cold pasta salads are great as a side or day after Lunch. they are quick easy and full of vegetables.




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