Red, White, and Blue Firecracker Pasta Salad

 

Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 box (454gr) farfalle/bowtie pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, bite sized
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup canned white beans (cannellini or kidney), drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 bottle Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup mini sliced chorizo or pepperoni
  • Sriracha, to taste
  • 10-20+ drops blue food coloring
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large ziploc bag

Method

  • With your pre-cooked pasta bowties, remove about 1/2 of them, and place into a ziploc bag. Add in about 20 drops of blue food coloring, seal and shake until the color is well distributed.
  • Add the blue pasta back into the uncolored “white” pasta, and begin to add the rest of your ingredients – onion, beans, tomatoes, mozzarella, chorizo/pepperoni, italian salad dressing & sriracha sauce.
  • Lightly toss until everything is well coated. The dye CAN run if you over-mix, so try to avoid this the best you can.
  • Set aside in your refrigerator until you are ready to serve! Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if you choose.