Easy Summer Meals - Pasta Salad

Easy Summer Meals - Pasta Salad

I don't know about you, but in the summertime, my desire to cook slims down. Meals have to be easy and stretch during this time, otherwise.......

One of my favorite go-to's is a simple pasta salad, filled with veggies and flavor. I normally pair it with a piece of grilled salmon or chicken, but you can do whatever tickles your fancy. 

This recipe below makes 1 half pan size of pasta salad, so adjust according to your household size. I don't measure much, so ummm...yeah! Enjoy!

Comment with any questions.


  • Barilla Tri-Color Rotini noodles (2 boxes)
  • 1 large bottle of Italian Dressing
  • 1-2 medium colored peppers
  • 1 small bag mini cucumbers
  • 1 container grape tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups of mild banana peppers (chop them)
  • 1 container of parmesan & Romano cheese (grated)
  • oil (for noodles)
  • salt (for noodles)
  • Badia Total seasoning


  • Fill a large pot with water, add oil and salt, bring to a boil
  • While waiting on the water to boil, wash and dice all the raw vegetables and set to the side
    • Dice the banana peppers but don't wash those. 
  • Add the noodles to the now boiling water and allow them to boil until they become al dente aka tender
  • Once the noodle are done, drain in a strainer, and flash with cold water to take some of the heat off
  • Add the noodles to your pan/container of choice
    • Pour 1/4 of the Italian dressing over the noodles and stir
    • Add some of the Badia seasoning & grated cheese and stir
    • Now add all the chopped vegetables (banana peppers too), and stir them in the noodles
    • Add the rest of the Italian dressing and mix it in
    • Top with more grated cheese
  • Cover and allow to chill for at least 2 hours

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