Italian Pasta Salad
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- 3 -4 cups dry spiral shaped pasta
- 1 1⁄2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 1⁄2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (or use one 10-ounce can small whole mushrooms, very well drained)
- 1⁄2 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1⁄2 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 -4 green onions, chopped (or use chopped red onion)
- 1 1⁄2 cups prepared Italian salad dressing
- 3⁄4 - 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 3⁄4 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
- 2 cups finely cubed ham
- 1 (2 1/4 ounce) can sliced olives (choice of black or green)
- fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
- salt (optional and to taste)
- 4 -6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into wedges (or sliced)
- Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse the cooked pasta under cold water; drain again then place the cooked pasta into large a bowl.
- Add in tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers and green onion or red onion and Italian salad dressing; toss to mix then cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours or overnight mixing a few times during chilling (the Italian dressing acts as a marinade).
- After 6-24 hours chilling time drain any excess water or juice from the tomatoes and mushrooms that has accumulated in the bottom of the bowl (there might be no juice at all).
- Add in the cubed mozzarella cheese, ham and olives; toss with a spoon.
- In a small bowl whisk together the with mayonnaise and parmesan cheese until smooth and combined; add into the salad mixture; toss to combine.
- Season with freshly ground black pepper and salt if desired (to taste) .
- Transfer to a lettuce-lined bowl.
- Place the egg wedges around the bowl.
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I too have made this to honor our beautiful Kitty and as a tribute to DH John and his passing from this world to be with our Heavenly Father. This was made to bring to a family Christmas gathering and was such a festive looking salad for display. I doubled the recipe as suggested for larger groups, and also used diced up summer sausage for the meat of choice. I chose to omit the eggs. The flavor combinations here are very rich and intense with the ingredients being oh-so-good for you. A sure keeper!~ Thanks for another lovely Kitty recipe~
As I was making this pasta salad, I was thinking of the wonderful lady who submitted it. Although we have never met personally, I've gotten to know her through our z-mails. Kitten is a valued member here who has contributed so much to the success of this site. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family over the loss of her dear husband. This delicious salad is full of flavor, textures and beautiful colors making a beautiful presentation. We particularly loved the cubed ham and mozzarella in it. I could make a meal out of just this salad. Thanks for sharing ANOTHER one of your great recipes, Kittencal.