The BEST Italian Pasta Salad

Cooking with Rocco
by Cooking with Rocco
2-4 Servings
25 min

If there is anything that's a must at every backyard BBQ, it's a pasta salad. But not just any pasta salad... one where the acidity from the dressing makes the salad not only refreshing, but adds some contrast to all that richness from the meat. Yup, that's this salad right here!

This is my go-to pasta salad and the best part... you don't need to limit this to just backyard BBQs. Eat it as a side to your weeknight dinner, make it for lunch, or heck, keep it in your fridge and snack on it during the day. Trust me, you won't regret making it!

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Cook your pasta according to package instructions. Once done, drain, and then transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool.

While the past is cooking and cooling, prep the rest of your ingredients and add them to the cooled pasta.

Pour the dressing over the pasta salad, add fresh basil, and mix until fully combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste! If you want my Italian dressing recipe (instead of that bottled crap), click here to subscribe to my FREE newsletter where the recipe will be exclusively featured. You will NEVER be charged, it's 100% free!

The BEST Italian Pasta Salad
Recipe details
  • 2-4  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 8oz pasta of choice (I like Fusilli)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 roasted red pepper, diced
  • 4oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4oz fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 4 peperoncini, thinly sliced
  • 6oz black olives, pitted and sliced
  • Handful of fresh basil, sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 to 1.5 cups of the BEST Italian Dressing (recipe exclusively in my newsletter - click the above links to subscribe!)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta according to package instructions. Once done, drain and set aside to completely cool.
While the pasta is cooking/cooling, prep the rest of the ingredients.
Once the past is cooled, add the remaining ingredients along with the Italian dressing. Mix until fully combined, taste, and adjust dressing, salt, and pepper as needed.