Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pizza Pasta Salad

I guess I have been on a real "Pizza" kick this past week and did not even realize it.  First I made Mexican Pizza, then Pizza Waffles, we had take out pizza and then I needed something for a work potluck.  Most of the time it is not a good idea to try new recipes out on your coworkers, but I do it all the time.  It's a great way to see if it is truly a good recipe or not! This was simple to put together, it satisfied my pizza craving and was a hit!!
Pizza Pasta Salad
Inspired by  Caramel Potatoes

Ingredients
1 lb bowtie pasta, cooked and cooled (you can use any pasta you want)
1/2 cup pepperoni slices, I cut mine in half
1 /2 cup ham or Canadian Bacon cubed
4 oz Mozzarella cheese, cubed
1 can black olives, sliced
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced small
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 - 2 cups Zesty Italian Dressing (Olive Garden's is very good!!)**

Directions
Toss together the pasta, pepperoni, ham, cheeses, tomatoes and onions.  Stir in 1 cup of the Italian Dressing.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours or over night.  Just before you are ready to serve toss with more dressing as needed.
*You can add green peppers if desired.  With the meats you could add 1 cup Pepperoni and leave out the ham.  This recipe can be matched to your tastes.
**I made a copycat Olive Garden dressing recipe.  It was delicious on this salad.

Nice change to my normal pizza fix!!
Enjoy!


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