This is also a great picnic item. It is tightly sealed in a jar which makes for easy travel and nothing will spoil at the picnic!
Step 1: Noodle Mush
When you test the pasta and think it is done cook it for five more minutes. The pasta will eventually harden up in the sauce and the last thing you want is the pasta to be too hard to chew. Trust me on this I've made this a thousand times!
Once pasta is cooked to mush strain it and rinse with cool water.
I recommend using penne pasta over say a rotini that might easily break apart when overcooked. Penne can still hold it's shape when mushy.
Step 2: Make Sauce
Pickled Pasta Salad
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar - I like Bragg's
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 t. black pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 T. mustard
1/2 t. dried parsley (optional)
In a small mixing bowl whisk all ingredients until well combined. Set aside.
Step 3: Cut Veggies
1/4 large red onion - julienned
1/4 large red bell pepper - diced
8-10 kalamata olives - sliced
You can choose a combo of any of your favorite veggies but this is what I think works best with the flavor profile of the sauce.
Cut veggies and set aside.