Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pasta Toss



In order to make this dish, you should be able to answer the following questions:

What is your favorite salad dressing?

What are your favorite vegetables?

What is your favorite kind of pasta noodle?

This is an ode to my old employer and my favorite meal from their cafeteria. This dish is a perfect weeknight meal to make when you have leftover vegetables and don’t know what to use them for or just what to make something simply to eat and enjoy . Using staple pantry ingredients such as  pasta and salad dressing you can make pasta toss in a snap. I like to make this dish to order, letting each person choose their vegetables and dressing. My personal favorite combination is broccoli, carrots, grilled chicken, pepperoni, penne pasta, and cheddar cheese tossed with honey mustard dressing. Serve with warm croissants and it will make everyone happy!

Pasta Toss

Vegetables of choice: carrots, broccoli, peppers, artichokes, etc.

Protein: grilled chicken, pepperoni

Cooked pasta of choice

Dressing: Italian, Honey Mustard, Ranch, etc.

Other toppings: cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese

Using separate bowls for each salad dressing, combine pasta, vegetables of choice, chicken, pepperoni, and toss with desired dressing. Transfer to bowls for serving.

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