Pasta Salad Recipe

The BBQ season is here!  And that means warm summer nights and picnics with delicious food.  One of our favorite BBQ dishes is this Pasta Salad.  This is one of our favorite Pasta Salad Recipes, and is always a hit.  I thought I would take it up a notch and serve the Pasta Salad up in some small mason jars.

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I love that you can package this Pasta Salad up in these fun mason jars so that your company and guests can grab individual servings sized Pasta Salad in a Jar!  Might as well put this in a jar too right?

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I think this would make a great addition to any picnic or BBQ and ups the cuteness factor of your table setting too!  Another bonus is that you can make them before hand and store them in the fridge until you are ready to serve them so that they are nice and chilled when its time to eat.

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Here is the recipe…

Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta or bow tie pasta
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pound provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 pound salami, cubed
  • 1/4 pound sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 (10 ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Drain, and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, combine pasta with tomatoes, cheese, salami, pepperoni, green pepper, & olives. Pour in salad dressing, and toss to coat.
http://www.theidearoom.net/2014/05/pasta-salad-recipe.html

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I thought these would also be fun for your Fourth of July BBQ too.  So I was sure to make the labels so that they could fit into your Fourth of July decor with the colors I chose.  Simply print out the free printables I am sharing today on regular white paper or cardstock and then trace the mason jar lid and cut out the labels so that they fit your jars perfectly.  Then just place the label on top of the lid and then screw the mason jar ring on.

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If you are looking to up the cuteness factor even more, attach a wooden or plastic fork to the jar so that the recipient can eat it straight from the jar.

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What are some of your favorite BBQ foods?

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Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Dinner time is a pretty busy time at our house with a couple of teenagers and their schedules.  As a family though, we always try to eat dinner together, even though it can be difficult some nights.  So I have been forced to come up with some dinner options that are quick and easy.

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Shrimp Scampi has been a dinner that ALL of the kids have enjoyed, which is not always an easy with 7 different palates.  So when a meal is enjoyed by ALL, it gets thrown into our recipe rotation, like this Shrimp Scampi recipe.

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Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs raw shrimp (peeled and deveined) or pre-cooked shrimp
  • 1 lb angel hair pasta
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup white cooking wine
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook angel hair pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add shallots and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes stirring constantly so they don't burn.
  4. Add shrimp to skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until they are pink in color.
  5. Add wine, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.
  6. Cook for another two minutes.
  7. Drain pasta and rinse with hot water.
  8. Pour shrimp mixture over the pasta and toss together.
  9. Serve immediately.
http://www.theidearoom.net/2014/02/shrimp-scampi-recipe.html

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This is a very quick and easy recipe that you can whip up on a very busy night.  It takes me about 20 minutes from start to finish to prepare this meal…and it saves us from getting a “quick” meal from a fast food place that may not be as healthy of a choice.

What are some of your favorite FAST meals for those crazy weekday nights?


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