Introduction: Easy Peasy Pasta Salad
Okay this is an easy one! It's so versatile, you can substitute just about any part of it. Tonight I used el dente rigatoni whole wheat pasta but I've used everything from plain old elbow macaroni to penne, bowtie, coloured, and every kind of pasta in between. The cheese can be sharp, mild, medium, light, mozzarella, or whatever you prefer, just cut into cubes. I added chopped celery tonight because, as you can see, I was quite low on dill pickles. I also throw in finely chopped onion.
So basically you need pasta, cheese, something crunchy, and a bottle of Catalina dressing. And don't forget the "something crunchy" can be a combo of different things.
Step 1: Ingredients
The main ingredients are:
That's it :)
I have used a "California dressing" when I couldn't get Kraft Catalina (I think it was "Western Family" brand). I've also been caught short with only a half bottle so I read the ingredients list and threw in what I had and sorta made a homemade version. You can use regular instead of calorie-wise but I try to use calorie-wise when I can (gotta keep my girlish figure, you know). You will probably use half to 3/4 of the bottle depending on how much you make.