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Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Entree, Lunch, Salads, Sides | 6 comments

Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad

Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad

It’s National Pasta Month.  Did you know that?  Me either!  Well, not until I saw it on Twitter and joined in on a Twitter party all about pasta, so I decided to make my lunch what I call Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad to celebrate National Pasta Month.  You know, we could celebrate of lot of things if we just sat up and paid attention.  Let’s start doing that, ok?

I don’t normally make pasta.  It’s something of an indulgence for me.  Pasta is so filling and very, very difficult for me to know when to stop (well the truth is I know when to stop I just ignore my food voice and keep going until I want to be sick…see…indulgence at its height).  I normally reserve it for restaurant meals and leave it when I’m finished, if there were to be any left over which is never always. 😀

Back to the celebration!  I made what I call my Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad because (and I think you know where I’m going with this…) you put everything in it but the kitchen sink.  Anything you have and like.  I laughed at myself yesterday when I got it all out on the counter.  It took up my whole kitchen and the bowl…that poor bowl just kept growing and growing!  I did however, use enriched pasta!  See, there’s my diet coke!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this post to get caught up.  I mixed up all kinds of different pastas to make it more celebratory and I think it worked!  It’s such a happy bowl of goodness now.

Pasta Salad by My Invisible Crown

There really isn’t a recipe although I’ll do my best to put it down but I really did just throw in what I saw and thought would taste good.  I’ll let the pictures do a lot of my talking today?  Or I’ll try.  I know, I know…I get wordy!  This little counter at the bottom of my screen tells me all the time.

So, here’s what I found:

My Invisible Crown

I mixed four different pastas to give the dish some interest.  I used rotini (the little swirls), penne, farfalle (bow tie), and medium shells.  It turned out perfect.

These were my inspiration.  The cuteness factor is off the charts!

Tiny Pepperoni for Kitchen Sink Pasta

Then I went for my cheese.  Parmesan and Asiago.  I also had some little mozzarella pearls and dumped those in as well.

My Invisible Crown

My Invisible Crown

Next, the veggies.  I used artichokes, hearts of palm, tomatoes, pepperoncini peppers and green and black olives.

My Invisible Crown

My Invisible Crown

Dump it all in a bowl and mix it really well with some Italian dressing and you’re done!  It even gets better as it sits and all the flavors marry.

Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad by My Invisible Crown

Check out my lunch!

Pasta Salad Lunch for National Pasta Month by My Invisible Crown

What is your favorite thing to add to pasta salad?  You really can’t go wrong!




    • I don’t either but got inspired the other day and decided to make this one even though I knew it would mostly be ME eating it! I’m glad I did though. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  1. Thanks for stopping by. I loved all the info we got at online blog con. I am so anxious to visit as many participants as I can and to get my brain wrapped around all of the good information. I will be back to check out more of your blog.
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    • Thank you! I’m still trying to digest it all myself. It’ll take a while but we’ll get around to each other in time. Thanks so much for stopping by! 😀

    • Really? That’s awesome! I couldn’t decide on type of pasta so I mixed 4 different kinds and everything else in the fridge I could find!


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