Simple Kitchen: Easy pasta
By Errin Stevenson
June 20, 2008 | Pasta is a great side dish, main dish
or just a snack during the afternoon or evening hours.
Served with warm bread, it is always an easy hit!
An easy and simple pasta salad for the summer and
one of my favorites is the Italian Garden Rotini. This
pasta salad is great to serve with a main dish or while
your husband is on the grill. It is quick, healthy and
one that tastes great with just about anything! Here
is the simple recipe:
Italian Garden Rotini
1 16 oz. package of garden rotini, cooked and drained
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
2 roma tomatoes, washed and diced
1 can of olives, drained and cut in half, not lengthwise
1 tub of feta cheese
1 16 oz. fat-free or light Kraft zesty Italian dressing
In a large pan, cook the garden rotini. Make sure
you do not ever over cook pasta. If you do, start over
because it will ruin the rest of your ingredients. Once
cooked, drain pasta and put in bowl then set in the
refrigerator. Cut up your vegetables. Once pasta has
cooked, add vegetables and cheese to the pasta. Mix
well. Then pour the dressing on top of your mixture.
You do not have to use all the dressing. I usually use
one-half to two-thirds of the bottle. Mix and enjoy!
If you want pasta for your main dish, you are in luck!
Kristine Robinson, author of Character in Cooking,
has a wonderful pasta recipe. All you need is a slow
cooker, a couple of minutes to throw it in, and a party
Fabulous Chicken and Pasta
1 lb. chicken breast tenders
2 cans cream of chicken soup
8 oz. cream cheese (you can use fat-free)
1 package Good Seasons dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 package bow tie pasta
In a greased crockpot, add chicken, soup and cream
cheese. Sprinkle with Italian salad dressing mix. Cook
on low for 6 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve
over cooked bowtie pasta.
These pastas are great and I know you will love them!