Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Perfect Pasta Salad

Perfect Pasta Salad
From: Me and All recipes

1 lb of pasta
1 gallon water
2 TBS salt
Celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, onions
1 cup Ranch dressing
1/2-1 cup of cheese (optional)

Cook 1 pound of pasta. Cook the pasta in a gallon of boiling water seasoned with 2 tablespoons of salt (that's right, 2 tablespoons! Don't skip this step. It does seem like a lot of salt, but it really makes a difference in the taste of the pasta) until just tender. Drain but do not rinse the pasta. Instead, dump it onto a large-lipped cookie sheet to cool and dry. Don't worry if the pasta sticks together. The dressing will break it up.

Cut up finely 2-4 cups of celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, or any veggie you want to, and then add to the salad.

Add 1 cup of Ranch Dressing (or your dressing of choice), mix it up well. Before serving you can add the cheese if desired.

You can also add bacon bits. Just add things that suit your taste.

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