Italian Herb Pasta Salad

Spend just 20 minutes in the kitchen to put together this surefire potluck pleaser!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 0 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

1
large cucumber, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1
package (16 ounces) rotini pasta
1
can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1
cup Italian dressing
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
pint (2 cups) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2
medium red onion, cut into thin wedges and separated (1/2 cup)
1
cup sliced mushrooms (3 ounces)

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 2 Mix tomato sauce, dressing, basil and oregano in large glass or plastic bowl. Add pasta and remaining ingredients; toss. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours until chilled but no longer than 24 hours.

Expert Tips

If using pasta for a salad, rinse it under cold running water to remove the excess starch and to keep the pasta from sticking together.

For Pizza Pasta Salad, toss a 3 1/4-ounce package of sliced pepperoni, chopped, and a 2 1/4-ounce can of sliced ripe olives, drained, with the pasta and other ingredients.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
300mg
300%;
Total Carbohydrate
36g
36%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
6g
6%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1 Vegetable;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.