Tay’s TAYsty Pasta

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AMAZING Dish! With a SECRET Ingredient! Most know of the Italian Salad Recipe. This one has a few things that make it STAND OUT! Plus, Lower in Calories, than most. 

16 oz. Garden Delight Rotini Noodles
1tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4tsp Sea Salt

 SAUCE (Premix):
1 Bottle Regular or Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (We used Reg. -Essential)
1.5T BALSAMIC Vinegar (Use! Don’t skip!)
1.5T Grated Parmesan Cheese (Store shelf kind)
1tsp White Sugar
1/2c jarred Roasted SWEET Red & Yellow Peppers in Marinade, chopped (Opt.)

1c Mild Cheddar or Colby Cheese Brick, cubed
1c Tomatoes, gutted and diced (We’ve used drained Basil/Oregano Tom. in pinch)
3/4c Signature Honey Ham Cubes
1 pkg. TURKEY Pepperoni Slices
1 can small/pitted Black Olives, drained well
UP TO 1/2c Red Onions, chopped or minced (Opt.)
1/3 Cucumber, peeled and cubed
1/3c Red Pepper, seeded and gutted, cubed (Opt.)

PREMIX Sauce Ingredients. Set aside. Cook Noodles in Boiling Water with Salt and Oil (Oil helps noodles from later sticking).  Drain well. Rinse with Cold Water, drain well, again. Be gentle.
Add all to bowl. CAREFULLY MIX all Ingredients. Add to fridge til use.
Please note, the longer it sits, the MORE the noodles will soak up flavor of sauce. Creating a less flavorful dish.

*** NOTES:
Salami (Diced) in place of Ham OR, Better Yet BOTH! MEAT IS YOUR PREFERENCE! We used Turkey Pepperoni to cut Cals. It was AWESOME! Also, for Cheese, you can choose to do: 1/2c Mild Cheddar (Cubed) with 1/2c Other Cheese of Choice (Cubed).

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