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Pizza Pasta Salad with Homemade Italian Pasta

You just can't go wrong with pizza and pasta combined! This refreshing cold pasta is quick and easy to make and tastes amazing with a homemade Italian dressing! Enjoy it as a main meal or side dish!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

For the Pasta Salad

  • 3 cups uncooked Rotini pasta just over 8 oz. dried, equals 5 ½ cups cooked
  • 1 cup halved pepperoni slices typical size, not large or mini
  • 1 cup olives quartered longways
  • 2 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 2 ¼ cup broccoli each small floret sliced in half longways
  • cup aged Gouda I use Rembrant, shredded or just break apart into small flakes
  • cup Parmesan Reggiano shredded or just break apart into small flakes
  • ¾ cup optional yellow onion sliced thin
  • Garnish with fresh basil leaves

For the Italian Dressing

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Optional flaked or ground red pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Boil noodles for 8-10 minutes (you want to make sure not to overcook them). Once cooked, immediately rinse in cold water to stop the cook, drain, and set aside. While the noodles cook prepare the vegetables and dressing.
  • Rinse and prepare all vegetables by dicing/slicing as stated in ingredients. Combine vegetables and cooked noodles into a large mixing bowl.

Make the Italian Dressing

  • Add all ingredients to a mason jar or container with an airtight lid. Shake dressing until well combined. Don’t try to just stir it, in order for ingredients to thoroughly combine you’ll want to give it a good shake. Immediately add to the pasta (add amount to your discretion) and toss or keep separate to add dressing individually to each serving. Note that the dressing quickly settles so give it a shake before each use.
  • Garnish pasta salad with fresh basil leaves and shredded/flaked cheese.
  • Serve immediately or chill before serving.
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