Hey y'all and welcome back to my kitchen with New Year's Eve coming up .
Um I know some of y'all probably have a few parties to go to .
So today and for the next couple of days , I wanna share with you some quick and easy recipes that can serve as appetizers for New Year's Eve or even your Super bowl , super bowl parties .
So if you wanna learn how to make some fast , easy but delicious recipes , stay tuned .
It is Christmas morning and um we're going over to some of our friend's house later .
Um and that's where we're gonna have dinner .
Um And so I am taking pasta salad um as my dish .
So I just figured I would show y'all um my quick recipe for pasta salad is super , super simple .
Um And we're gonna get right to it .
First we're gonna start by cooking the pasta .
Um So I'm just gonna salt the water like I showed you in my macaroni recipe .
It's much easier to salt the water than it is to try to go back and salt the pasta later .
Then I'm gonna take about two tablespoons of vegetable oil .
And put in there .
Um It just helps um stop , it just helps to prevent the noodles from basically sticking together .
And since this is already at a rolling boil , I'm gonna go ahead and dump my tricolour rotini .
It's um a 12 ounce container and I'm gonna do the whole um container .
So I'm just gonna put that over in there and give it a quick stir .
Now this is gonna come back to a boil and y'all don't pay this anymore .
This is just I got some turkey necks on over here um , to go with the rest of our dinner and I'm gonna use uh some of the um broth off of those turkey necks to go in my dressing .
Um , so I'm just gonna bring this back up to a boil and then once they're done , we'll take them out .
Those will cook for about eight minutes or so .
Um , until they're uh al dente .
And so while these are cooking , we're gonna go over to the other counter and cut up our tomatoes and bell pepper .
So while the pasta's cooking , I've washed the tomatoes and bell pepper .
I'm gonna go ahead and chop these up .
Um , now I have a chopper but I don't like it to get mushy .
So when I'm making pasta salad , I just do it by hand .
Um , this pasta salad is super quick .
Uh super easy .
I'm kind of glad people like it .
It makes my life a lot easier sometimes when I'm taking things over uh to my friend's house .
Um So what I do with these once I get them cut in little strips , I just take them and give them a little bitty chop and make them little bitty r and nothing , nothing spectacular .
So I'm gonna finish cutting these up and then we'll chop up the tomatoes .
So the bell pepper is chopped up and so it's now it's time to start doing the cherry tomatoes and the cut that I do on these are really simple .
I just go across them one time and then I go down the middle .
So I just put them um I cut them in quarters .
Nothing super fancy .
Um I used to use a whole tomato but then I found it was just easier to cut up the cherry tomatoes .
When I use the whole tomato , the juice from it would um tend to run out and , and I noticed that with these uh cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes , I didn't have that issue .
So I'm gonna get all of these cut up and then by then it should be time to drain our pasta .
And so real quick , this one is kind of big .
So I just cut it in threes so you know , just cut it to your sides preference .
So I'm gonna keep doing this and by then my pasta should be ready to take out and drain .
So it's been about eight minutes .
So it's time to drink the pasta .
So I'm just gonna dump that over in there and let it drain .
And I'm actually just gonna let it sit here in the sink while I um finish cutting up the um tomatoes .
I'm gonna run a little cold water over it to stop the cooking process .
So just a little bit and it just kind of stops , it slows down that cooking process and cools that pasta down .
And this step isn't necessary .
I just do it so that the pasta doesn't get overly done and then I just let that water run out of there .
So the veggies are chopped up .
Um The pasta is still cooling .
Uh I'm going to now take some uh ham and dice it up .
Uh You can use any type of meat um that you would like uh you know , turkey or chicken or whatever .
So if this was um going home to my actual family , I would take the um I would not be using ham .
So if it was going to my , to my family , I wouldn't use ham .
I would be using turkey because most of the people in my family don't eat ham .
So , so I'm gonna get this um diced up and then we'll get ready to assemble the final product .
So the ham is diced up .
So we're going to jump right into the assembly process .
So I have my aluminum pan and I'm going to take that pasta and just dump it in .
All right .
So now that the pasta is in , I'm gonna go ahead and grab some of that ham .
Then the tomatoes and the green onion .
I mean , in the green Bell pepper , my mind was on onion because I was gonna tell y'all , I don't put onion in my pasta salad .
I know a lot of people do because I don't like onions .
I don't put olives in my pasta salad because I don't like olives .
Um , and I'm not going to make a dish that I'm not going to eat .
And so that's partly why my pasta salad is so simple .
Uh I'm just gonna go ahead and dump all the meat in here cause I'm not gonna do anything else with it .
So you might as well since I've already chopped it out love .
Um , yeah , I'm not going to make a dish that I'm not gonna eat .
So I only put things in it that I eat .
Um , I use the color rotini cause I like it .
It makes it pretty , um , if you want to add more color , of course you can use red bell pepper , uh , green bell pepper , I mean yellow bell pepper , but I don't , um , use red bell pepper , uh , because the tomatoes are in there .
So that gives me color on that part .
Um , now I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna Sprinkle sometimes I add cheese sometimes I don't today is one of those days where I am gonna add a little bit of cheese .
Um , so I'm gonna Sprinkle just about a handful of cheese and this is just the mild cheddar cheese , same cheese I used on top of my macaroni .
So toss that cheese in there and then the finishing part .
Uh , there are people who season their , um , pasta salad now because I use this zesty Italian dressing .
Um , I don't really season mine if anything , I might put just a little bit of onion powder in it because , um , like I said , a lot of people like onion but because I don't eat raw onion .
Um , I'm not , I don't put it in but I may put just a little bit of that in here .
Um , but typically I just go straight , um , straight Italian dressing .
So this recipe is super , super simple .
Um , it's good for a day like today where , you know , you just want something a little bit lighter while you wait for Christmas dinner .
Um , it's good for the fourth of July .
It's good for , I mean , pasta salad is good any time you want to eat it .
My family eats it a lot .
We eat it for almost every occasion .
Um , if there's a birthday party or something like that .
So it is one of those dishes that appears at my house all the time .
Um , so let me , I should have opened this before .
Um , I got on camera .
But hey .
Oh , well .
So I've shaken it up and I just put a generous amount of the Italian dressing on here .
So this is a 24 ounce bottle .
So that's probably about 12 ounces and then I just stir it to kind of see , um , how saturated .
Now , there are other people who use other types of dresses .
I just like the taste of the zesty Italian .
So that's what I use .
The thing about pasta salad .
You can dress it up any way you want .
You can put , um , olives in it .
You can put peppers in it .
I mean , like , uh , jalapeno peppers in it .
You can use regular rotini .
You can use corkscrew pasta , you can use spaghetti .
I've seen people do , um , spaghetti pasta salad .
So it's just all in to what , you know , your taste level and what your preference is .
I'm gonna reach over real quick to my spice rack and grab , um , just a little black pepper and then a little onion powder .
So I'm gonna do a few sprinkles of black pepper and , um , you again , you're not gonna see me using salt .
That Zesty Italian dressing is salty enough .
That's just a little onion powder .
They help bump up the flavor in it a little bit and I'm gonna mix this end and y'all just that fast .
It's done .
Literally , you can cook , you can make this in 15 minutes and that includes the time it takes to cook your pasta .
Um , so here we go .
There's my pasta salad and I am going to get this covered up and it'll be ready to go when it's time for us to leave .
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