How To: Make healthy Italian style pasta salad with Betty

Make healthy Italian style pasta salad with Betty

Most pasta salad is very "American" and full of fatty things like mayonnaise. By adjusting a few ingredients and adding some yummy veggies, you can transform your salad and have a healthy addition to your outdoor summer party menu!
In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Perky Pasta Salad. This is a salad made with cooked rotini, combined with mushrooms, green onion, red & green bell peppers, and Parmesan cheese, and flavored with Italian salad dressing and freshly ground black pepper. It is colorful and tasty, and it can be used as a complete meal or as a side dish.

You Will Need:
*2 1/2 cups pasta, uncooked (I used rotini pasta.)
*1 teaspoon salt water, for cooking pasta
*1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
*1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
*1/2 cup - 1 cup Italian flavored salad dressing (I think 1/2 cup makes the salad a little bland, and that a full cup makes the salad zestier)
*1/4 cup sliced green onion tops
*1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
*1/2 green bell pepper, washed, seeded, and cut into 3/8-inch strips, cut in half
*1/2 red bell pepper, washed, seeded, and cut into 3/8-inch strips, cut in half

Step 1: Prepare and cook the pasta
Fill a medium to large pot half-full of water, and bring it to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 1/2 cups of pasta. Bring back to a boil, and cook the pasta until al dente (chewy, not mushy), about 8 minutes.
Step 2: Add vegetables and spices
Drain, and rinse well with cold water. Add 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms, 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese, 1/2 to 1 cup of Italian salad dressing, 1/4 cup sliced green onion tops, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste), 1/2 green pepper, cut into strips, and 1/2 red pepper, cut into strips. Toss well.

Cover and chill until ready to serve (This salad will taste better if allowed to chill at least 1 hour.) Serve in individual salad bowls.

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