Sunday, February 21, 2010

Perfect Pasta Salad- Everything but the Kitchen Sink!

I love making pasta salads and I love eating it even more. Did you know pasta salad is the perfect soultion to cleaning out the fridge! It's great way to use up all those odds and ends of cheeses hangin out or the half jar of artichokes and olives laying around. Sometimes you buy ingredients for a recipe and you never use them again, so tossing them into a pasta salad is the perfect solution, while adding a variety of flavors to the dish. One thing I learned early on in the restaurant biz is -YOU NEVER THROW ANYTHING OUT!! Turn leftovers into soups or salads but find a way to use it! Be creative try using store bought dressings such as creamy ceasar, asian sesame or robust italians as the base and toss in whatever veggies you have on hand. It just can't get any easier than that. Here's my recipe for a perfect pasta salad great as a main dish, side dish or for  bringing to a potluck!
Chef J's Perfect Pasta Salad
(1) bottle of Italian dressing
(1) lb. of pasta
(1) bag of shredded Italian cheese mix
(1/2) cup of frozen sweet peas
(1/4) lb of crispy bacon
(2) roasted peppers, sliced
Cook Pasta- cool
Add Italian Dressing
Mix in Cheese
Top with peppers, peas and cripsy bacon                                                  

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