I've never been a huge fan of pasta salad. Usually the pasta seems to slurp all the flavor into it's soft body and hides it away from my taste buds. It goes something like this. I whip together a pasta salad, do a taste test and think it's delicious then by the time I get to the party and put my offering on my plate, all flavor has vanished and I'm washing down my bites with Mountain Dew.
So I was delighted when I concocted one day for a party, it held it's delicious flavor and I was even asked for the recipe. It was even great as leftovers the next day - I sprinkled shredded cheese on top and baked it and we had it as a hot dish!
Mouth-Watering Creamy Italian Pasta Salad
By Kammy's Korner
1 16 oz box bow tie pasta
1 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 14.5 oz can Italian Diced Tomatoes
seasonings: basil, Italian Seasoning, onion powder
grated Parmesan cheese
*optional: diced ham, pepperoni, bacon bits
Cook pasta al dente with dash of salt, rinse under cold water. In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together except for Parmesan cheese, then add pasta and stir until it is all coated. Top with Parmesan. Serve chilled*.
*You can also cover with shredded cheese and bake for a hot dish.