Freeze Ahead Italian Pasta Salad

Recipe by TishT
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READY IN: 20mins
SERVES: 10-12
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Cook rotini per package directions.
  • If using fresh broccoli, add it to the cooking pasta for the last two minutes.
  • Rinse pasta (and broccoli) in cold water.
  • Open cans of beans, olives, artichoke hearts and mushrooms and drain them.
  • Cut artichoke hearts into sixths, or smaller if you prefer.
  • Mix pasta, broccoli, beans, olives, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and green onions in a large bowl.
  • Add salad dressing and stir to mix.
  • To Freeze: Divide into freezer bags, based on the size of your family, and if you’ll serve this as a side dish or a main dish.
  • Seal, label and freeze.
  • To Serve: Thaw bag in refrigerator for 24 hours.
  • Shake the bag a few times before serving.
  • Add any of the optional ingredients, stir and serve.
  • Since this dish is served cold, and the pasta isn’t re-heated, don’t under-cook it.
  • Cook it al dente per package directions.
  • Some of the salad dressing will be absorbed by the salad while it’s frozen.
  • You may need to add a fresh shake or two of dressing before serving, especially if you add any extra ingredients.
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