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Michelle Losey's Pasta Salad

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Why I Love This Recipe

Everybody has their own version of pasta salad. This is mine

Ingredients You'll Need

Zesty Italian or Ranch dressing
Sour cream
1 Lb Cooked Rotini pasta chill off in cold water after cooking 'till ready to use ( can use thin spaghetti, thick spaghetti, spirals, elbows, bow ties, mini shells or linguine)
1/2 Onion diced
1/2 Green or yellow sweet bell pepper
1 cucumber Peeled and thick sliced then cut slices in 1/4rs
About 5-7 whole white mushrooms chopped
About 5-7 Roma paste tomatoes chopped (or any paste tomato)
A few shakes garlic powder
Cheddar Cheese cubes or shredded
*Opt: Croutons
*Opt: 1 stalk celery
*Opt: baby spinach leaves stems removed
*Opt: yellow mild peppers
*Opt: Chickpeas
*Opt: 1/2 - 1 can of lima or butter beans
*Opt: Meat cooked and chopped into bite size pieces (Chicken, Pork, Beef, Atlantic Salad shrimp, Ham, Kielbasa, Pepperoni, those round jerky type sticks, Bacon, Sausage links ect)
*Opt: Activia yogurt adds health benefits but not needed for salad


Put pasta in large bowl

Add Onions, peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic powder and cheese (add optional veggies here) mix well

Add optional meat here and mix well

Mix equal amount of dressing and sour cream (or all ranch if someone don't like sour cream)

Serve over a handful of croutons if using them (I do)

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