I guess this is probably considered more of a summer dish, but I had lots of tomatoes and cucumbers that needed used :) I like to make up a batch of this simple and yummy salad and keep it in my fridge for a quick lunch. I am trying to be better about posting recipes on my blog this year...hopefully I can share more, because cooking/baking is something I really enjoy. Please note that I don't use a recipe for this salad...I'll just list ingredients so you can make as much or as little as you'de like.
Italian Pasta Salad
-fresh grated parmesan cheese
-italian salad dressing
-mini bow ties
(you can also add chopped peperoni and sliced olives if desired)
Boil pastas according to directions. My favorite dried tortellini is the Four Cheese Tortellini from Barilla. I had to use up some other stuff this time that I picked up at Costco. While the pasta is cooking, chop tomatoes and cucumbers. Place in a large bowl. Add crumbled bacon. You can cook and crumble your own bacon, but I took the easy route and used real bacon bits. Cube cheese (I like sharp cheddar and swiss or mozerella, but you can add whatever you have on hand). Add fresh grated parmesan cheese. When pasta is done, strain and rinse under cold water until noodles have cooled. When cool, toss with remaining ingredients and pour italian salad dressing over, continuing to toss. You can use low fat italian or even homemade italian dressing...anything with work. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Keep in air tight container in fridge.
Are you tired of beach photos yet??? I promise this is the last Kauai post :)
Again...my kids are always doing tricks...
we spent a lot of time shelling on the beach. We had read about the prized Sunrise Shell online, and Grace actually found one. They are quite hard to find...so she was so excited (and they happen to be worth a good amount of $$$ as well)...
Some things never change. Lily pouts on vacation just like she does at home...
Grace had fun dressing up with the lamp shades from the house...