Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Primavera Pasta Salad

Difficulty: *

3 1/2 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta (9 oz.)
2 cups fresh snow pea pods (12 oz.)
2 large red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
1/2 cup choppped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1 cup creamy Parmesan dressing
2 tablespoons milk

1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Add snow peas for last minute of cooking. Rinse with cold water and drain.

2. In a very large (4-qt) bowl, mix bell peppers, carrots, basil and cheese. In small bowl, mix dressing and milk with a wire whisk. Add dressing mixture, past and pea pods to bell pepper mixture; toss to coat.

Tips: Can substitute creamy Italian dressing if you can't find Parmesan or prefer another flavor. Any medium-sized pasta shape can be subsituted for the bow-tie.
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