Italian Penne Pasta Salad

Italian Penne Pasta Salad

School is out and summer vacation has began. All a sudden here in Wyoming it has decided that it’s going to be summer weather as well. Last night we stayed outside playing until after 9. It’s the perfect time of year out here in the country. No bugs biting you, and it’s still 70 something degrees outside at 9 in the evening. My kids sleep like rocks this time of year because we can play, play , play all day long. This mama loves it! Since its that time of year for bbq’s, family reunions and outside gatherings, we are going to need lots of great summer salad recipes. My husband and I came up with this great Italian Pasta recipe last night for out family Sunday dinner. Everyone loved it, and it’s on my list for go to’s for parties this summer. Hope you add it to your list as well. Enjoy!

2- 3 cups of penne pasta

2 packets of Good Seasons Italian dressing ( follow directions on back of package to prepare)

1/4 yellow onion, diced

2 cups of raw broccoli chopped

2 cups of cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup of chopped carrots

1/2 cup of diced red cabbage

1 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese ( I found mine at Costco, but I am sure it’s at any local grocery store)


Cook pasta, and let cool. Mix together the Good Seasons Italian Dressing following the directions on the back of the packet. Chop up all the veggies. Toss the pasta and veggies together in a large bowl. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and toss. Pour about half the dressing on top, then toss. Pour the other half right before serving and toss. Keep refrigerated until time to serve.

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  • YUM! I love a good pasta salad, especially for summer!

    • CBAsay

      Thanks for stopping by. I love pasta salads in the summer too.

  • Tiara

    I love pasta & all pasta salads! I am going to have to try this! Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    • CBAsay

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like it!

  • YUM! This is one of my favorite pasta salads. I need to make it again soon!

    • CBAsay

      I was just thinking the same thing. I might need to add it to our father’s day menu

  • Quick and easy – my kind of recipe! How nice is it being able to spend all day outdoors in the beautiful weather? My kids are loving it (and the sleeping is a nice side effect 🙂 )

    • CBAsay

      I hope you enjoy the recipe Donna. Oh and your kids sleeping very well this summer 🙂

  • Rianna, Bohemian Wanderlust

    How delicious! I love a good pasta meal, so I will be trying this 🙂

    • CBAsay

      I do as well. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Love a good pasta salad. This looks delish. Will have to try!!!

    • CBAsay

      I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

  • That looks yummy! I need to make that for my family!

    • CBAsay

      I hope your family enjoys it. Thanks for checking out Thinking Outside The Pot. Hope you can come again!

  • This pasta salad looks so good. I like your tip to save half the dressing until right before serving. I’ll definitely try that next time.

    • CBAsay

      it helps so much because the pasta just soaks up the dressing. Hope you enjoy it!