An easy Cold Pasta Salad recipe with broccoli, peppers, zesty Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. Make it ahead; the flavor gets even better as it sits!
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Easy Cold Pasta Salad Recipe

An easy Cold Pasta Salad recipe with broccoli, peppers, zesty Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. Make it ahead; the flavor gets even better as it sits!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, cheese, pasta, peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 244kcal
Author Meggan Hill

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Rotini or other small pasta
  • 2 cups bite-sized broccoli florets blanched if desired (see notes)
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 red onion peeled and cut into strips
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces Homemade Italian dressing or store bought

Instructions

  • Bring 4 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil. Add pasta and 1 minute pasta al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain well, rinse with cold water, and drain again.
  • Meanwhile, combine broccoli florets, bell peppers, and onion in a large bowl. Stir in cold pasta. Add Parmesan cheese and salad dressing and toss until uniformly combined.
  • Place in a serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Stir carefully before serving. Add more salad dressing as needed to keep the pasta from drying out.

Notes

  1. To blanch broccoli, bring 2 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to boil. Add broccoli and cook until just tender and bright green, about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and immediately plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking. 

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal