This is Memorial Day weekend and it seems fitting to serve good ol' American home cooking, so at our house we're going to start off the weekend with Italian Pasta Salad, made in my good ol' American kitchen.
Here's my recipe.
All-American Italian Pasta Salad
16 ounces rotini pasta
8 ounces mozarella cheese chunk, cut into small cubes
4 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
2 small zucchini, cut into chunks
1 package pepperoni; cut slices in half if they're big
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped red onion
2 medium tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 bottle of your favorite Italian-style dressing
Cook the pasta as package directs. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well. Combine all the ingredients except dressing in a large bowl. Add about three-quarters of the bottle of dressing and stir well. Cover the bowl and chill for at least a couple of hours for flavors to blend. Before serving, add the remainder of the dressing and toss. (The pasta tends to absorb the dressing, so it's nice to save that last little bit for serving time.) Makes a nice, main dish pasta salad. Serve with garlic bread.
During this Memorial Day holiday weekend, don't forget to fly the flag to honor those who have died in service to our country. If you need to review a little history to remember what Memorial Day is supposed to be all about, I would suggest this page from history.com.
Have a wonderful red, white, and blue weekend!