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Mom's Traditional Pasta Salad Recipe

If you need a delicious pasta salad, I have the recipe for you! It only takes a few minutes to throw together and EVERYONE will love it!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 20 Minute Recipe, Easy Pasta Recipe, pasta, pasta salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 589kcal


  • Large Mixing Bowl


  • 12 ounces rotini tri-colored pasta
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 can mushrooms small
  • 1 package pepperoni small, (cut into quarters, or you can use the new mini pepperoni)
  • 8 ounces marbled cheddar 1 block, , cut into cubes (any cheese will work)
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 16 ounces italian salad dressing (any brand works great)


  • Cook the pasta as it directs on the package. Pour cooked pasta into a large bowl. Then add red and green peppers, cucumber, sliced olives, tomatoes, mushrooms, pepperoni, cheese cubes, and onion.
  • Pour Italian dressing on salad (you can use fat-free or low-fat if you want). Mix well. Put salad in fridge for a couple of hours before serving. Stir again before serving. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top.


Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1814mg | Potassium: 442mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1300IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 2mg