Monday, May 13, 2013

Zesty Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Yesterday was Mother's Day.  As a mother, I feel like it's my job to get my children to learn to cook so when they get older and leave home they can feel empowered in the kitchen.  The Sunday paper always has a kid's section that gives a recipe for kids to try out with a parents help.  My son saw this recipe and insisted that we make it together.  So I helped him by chopping and cooking the pasta.  He gathered and mixed all the ingredients together.  It was a wonderful  light pasta salad.  My son (who usually is picky) ate every bite of pasta and said he can't wait to make another recipe together. That's music to my ears and heart. :)

Ingredients and Directions:

My Changes:
 I box of Bow-Tie Pasta
16 oz of frozen broccoli florets ( I used more broccoli)
1 bell pepper finely chopped ( I added peppers and omitted the tomatoes)
1 seeded jalapeno finely chopped (I added some spice)
1 cup sliced black olives
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp sugar ( the salad dressing was too tangy and needed some sweetness)
1 cup Italian Salad dressing
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Note:  I omitted the tomatoes because my son ( who was in charge of this recipe) refused to eat tomatoes.   I added bell pepper in it instead.  I think next time some small diced cucumber would be another great add in.

My Directions:
Cook pasta as directed by package in well salted water.  You can either microwave frozen broccoli or cook it in the last few minutes of the pasta to heat through (That's what I did.).  Drain pasta and mix with all other ingredients.  Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.  Enjoy.

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  1. I used to read the mini pages as a kid, I forgot all about them!! I prefer the zestier pasta salads over the mayo based ones. Glad you got to cook with your son & hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!

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  3. I want to come over and eat next time your son cooks! That looks like a delicious pasta salad. Kudos to both of you. Happy Mother's Day!

  4. Pasta salads mean summer time. Love the dressing you used, so much better than the heavy mayo based ones.

  5. Love this recipe! I adore simple pasta recipes, they just make life colorful ;-)

  6. Happy Belated Mother's Day Ramona! I think it's awesome that you are teaching your kids to cook and those moments in the kitchen will be wonderful memories for them as they grow older. :D Not to mention they get to enjoy this pasta salad for years to come heehee.


  7. I love recipes like this. Hope you had an amazing Mother's Day Ramona.

  8. OMG ! Its tempting me badly...

  9. I would love to devour this pasta :)

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  10. Another chef in the family, how cool is that? Hope your Mother's Day was great.

  11. Love it that your son saw it in the paper and asked to make it. And how sweet that you made it together. What a great way to celebrate being a mother! It looks delicious!

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