Thursday, July 31, 2008

Amazing Pizza Pasta Salad!

This is one of my absolute favorite summer pasta salads. The other day I was kind of MEAT-ed out, so I decided to make this yummy salad for dinner. It is so lite, easy, and full of flavor. This is another Kraft recipe that never fails at my house. I love making this for a pot-luck, bbq, or neighborhood party. It always gets gobbled up. The fresh basil is delish in this dish. I love Kraft's Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan Dressing! It really gives this pasta a zing that you will love!

Pizza Pasta Salad

3 cups penne pasta, cooked, drained and cooled
4 tomatoes, chopped
12 slices Oscar Mayer Hard Salami, chopped
1 cup Kraft Natural Mozzarella Cheese Crumbles
1/2 cup sliced fresh basil
1/2 cup Kraft 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan Dressing

Toss all ingredients in large bowl; cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Makes 10 servings, 1 cup each.

**I use pepperoni instead of the hard salami, because we have pepperoni all the time. I haven't ever tried it with the salami...I'm sure it's great! Using the pepperoni is more convenient for me. I can never find Kraft's Mozzarella Cheese Crumbles, so I use Mozzarella String Cheese. I use about 6 sticks and cut them into pieces. I always use more dressing than they say, and also add more dressing after it has been in the fridge for a day. Sometimes I have had a hard time finding the Roasted Red Pepper Italian dressing, so I have used Kraft's Sun-Dried Tomato Vinagrette and it also tastes great! We love this easy dish and I know you will too! It is perfect served with garlic bread.


Prudy said...

Oh, that looks lovely! Yum!

Jenny said...

What a brilliant idea for a salad, just my kind of recipe. Sounds great!

nicole said...

This kind of pasta salad is perfect for the summer.

RecipeGirl said...

Wow, that does sound super easy! I'm always looking for these kinds of ideas when we have outdoor neighborhood parties. I guess I should be checking out Kraft more often!

Prudy said...

I did the dough exactly as I wrote it, but consider in AZ it is probably even drier. Add in a bit more water to get a smooth dough. I hope I got to you in time!

Prudy said...

Sara:I just read through my recipe again and realized that I left out 1/2 cup water. I'm so sorry. I add in 1/2 cup more water later. I hope your pizza worked out-if not I will pay for your ingredients. My mistake!

Prudy said...

Sara:I'm so glad you wrote me back. I was about to bite my nails off. I feel like I should order you a pizza for all the trouble I caused you. Drat my error!

Prudy said...

Did everything turn out OK??
I'm dying to find out if you were able to save your dough. My email is

fullhouse said...

Mmm, the salami sounds delicious. I love pasta salads in the summer. I do a variation of this with fresh spinach leaves and I use "light tasting" olive oil as the dressing (evoo has a strong flavor that is displeasing to my taste buds). My kids eat it up!!!

April Westerhold said...

I am always looking for good sides. This sounds delicious.