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Get ready for the Best Ever Pasta Salad Recipe you'll ever try! It even has a quick, homemade dressing!
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Best Ever Pasta Salad Recipe (with homemade dressing)

Get ready for the Best Ever Pasta Salad Recipe you'll ever try! It even has a quick, homemade dressing!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Jenn

Ingredients

  • 1 12-oz pkg. multi-colored rotini pasta
  • 1 1 lb pkg. penne
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 8-oz package sliced mushrooms, halved
  • 1 14.75-oz jar marinated artichokes, cut into thirds (save marinade for dressing)
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 1 can black olives sliced
  • 1 7-oz package sliced pepperonis, cut into fourths (or mini pepperonis)
  • 12 oz cubed Colby jack cheese & Monterey Jack or other favorite cheese
  • DRESSING:
  • Reserved marinade from artichokes
  • 3/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or crushed
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. tarragon
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar

Instructions

  • Cook and drain pasta, but do not rinse. Mix in a large bowl with pepper, mushrooms, artichokes, onions, olives, pepperonis and cheese cubes.
  • In a large jar, mix marinade ingredients. Close top and shake well to incorporate. Pour over pasta/chopped vegetable mixture.
  • Stir to combine. Great served at room temperature or straight from the refrigerator. Enjoy!