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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Italian Pasta Salad

Need a great recipe for a potluck or family meal? Italian Pasta Salad is the perfect and easy recipe. This salad is best served chilled or room temperature, making it a great make-ahead dish. Just give a quick stir before serving.


  • 1 lb Farfalle Pasta (Bow-Tie) , cooked according to directions
  • 4 oz Diced Pancetta
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Purple Onion, diced
  • 8 oz Mozzarella Pearls (small mozzarella balls)
  • 6 oz Black Olives, rinsed & drained
  • 1/2 Sliced Pepperocini, drained  
  • 1 c Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 c Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 c Grated Parmesan Cheese

Cook pasta according to manufacturer directions. My general rule with pasta is to salt the cooking water, bring to a boil, add pasta and cook for 10 minutes. Drain well and rinse with cold water to cool the pasta. 

In a small skillet over medium heat, add diced pancetta and cook until it begins to brown. 

Add green peppers and onions to the skillet and sauté with the pancetta until the vegetables begin to soften, 6-7 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, add the pasta, pancetta, onions and peppers along with salad dressing. Mix to combine.

Add shredded Parmesan, mozzarella pearls, pepperocini slices, black olives and tomatoes to the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine everything.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. 

Cook's Note: There is no need to add additional seasonings.
Try it with grilled chicken to make it a meal.


  1. I am not following this any more, there is no print option for the recipe. Not good Will go in spam mail now

    1. There is a print friendly button at the end of the post :)

  2. I didn't see the print friendly button either, but this recipe looks so good I was saving it no matter what! Can't wait to try it, thanks!!

    1. Thank you Pam! If you open the post, the print friendly button is at the bottom of the post.

  3. I CAN see the printer friendly button on the web version page but not the mobile page. Maybe that is where ppl are getting lost?
    Anywhoo, thanks for the recipe! I'm going to tweak the ingredients to replace the peppers/dressing & add the suggested shredded chicken to take to work for dinners. Thanks!

  4. For heaven's sake, a 3 page printout? For one recipe? You want a URL? Too much stuff. There has to be a softer, simpler way to do this. I really like the site except for this, I won't be printing out any recipes from here, I won't send to spam though.

    1. After you click the print friendly button, you have the option to resize or remove images - That way it's only 1 page :)

  5. Hi Julia,
    This is a great Pasta recipe that we will really enjoy! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Sounds so yummy! We love pasta salad at my house. Can't wait to add this to the menu list!


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