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Italian Style Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is one of those foods that is good year round but is great in the summer time. I talk about summer foods like it's actually summer here and we woke up to snow almost every morning this week! But since it is most likely summer weather where you are I wanted to share my hubby's pasta salad recipe with you. It is so good and the perfect light dinner or you can double the recipe and take it to a potluck.

Italian Style Pasta Salad

Ingredients
  • 12 oz gluten free rotini noodles 
  • 1 to 1 & 1/2 cups zesty Italian dressing
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
  • 1 small head broccoli, chopped 
  • 1 small head cauliflower, chopped
  • large handful matchstick carrots 
  • 2.25 oz can sliced black olives 
  • 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  • grated parmesan cheese
Instructions: 
  1. Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. Rinse with cold water after cooking to stop the cooking process and cool the noodles off. 
  2. In a large bowl or storage container, combine the chopped broccoli, chopped cauliflower, carrots, black olives, cannellini beans and shredded mozzarella. 
  3. Add the cooked noodles to the bowl. 
  4. Pour in 1 cup of zesty Italian dressing. Add an additional 1/2 cup or more if needed. 
  5. Serve with grated parmesan cheese. 

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