My sister-in-law gave me this recipe years ago. It is the only pasta recipe I really like, and my daughter is always asking me to make it. She prefers more favor, so she adds additional zesty Italian salad dressing to her serving.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook rotelle pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Rinse with cool water, and drain well.

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  • In a large bowl mix together the cubed Monterey Jack cheese, salad seasoning, black olives, and diced cucumbers.

  • Add the drained and cooled pasta to the large bowl, pour Italian dressing over pasta and vegetables. Mix well.

  • Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

446.2 calories; 15 g protein; 45.6 g carbohydrates; 25.2 mg cholesterol; 1097.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (40)

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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2002
We have updated this recipe to correct the amount of Old Bay seasoning called for in the ingredient list. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2002
I believe this might have been a great recipe but I had to dump it down the disposal after adding the recommended amount of Old Bay seasoning. It may have been a typo as it was more than a full bottle of seasoning and just TOO much. Read More
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46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2002
We have updated this recipe to correct the amount of Old Bay seasoning called for in the ingredient list. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2005
This is a wonderful pasta salad! I added chopped tomatoes and onions and used Asiago cheese instead of Monterey Jack (it was what I had on hand). Using vegetable rotini also adds lots of color. Thanks Linda! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2006
Really good pasta salad. Made for a family get together and it was inhaled! I left out the cheese cubes and added some grape tomaotes I cut in half 1/4 of a large green pepper and just a little minced vadalia onion. I've made this pasta salad before without the Old Bay but I really like the addition of it. Made it a little spicy but it wasn't so much that my 2 year old couldn't eat it. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2002
I believe this might have been a great recipe but I had to dump it down the disposal after adding the recommended amount of Old Bay seasoning. It may have been a typo as it was more than a full bottle of seasoning and just TOO much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2003
This salad was a big hit at two parties this summer. I used pretty much the same ingredients but added a lot more veggies. The combination of the cajun spice and Italian dressing works very well. I didn't have Monterey Jack so I cut up mozarella cheese sticks along with cubed summer sausage. I added cut up carrots onion tomato broccoli and marinated artichoke hearts. I made it the night before to let the flavors blend. And also to let the pasta soak up the dressing so the salad wouldn't be too wet. But extra dressing can be added before serving if it's too dry. Will make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2011
Excellent pasta salad!!! I just added some grape tomatoes otherwise perfect as is! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2010
I liked the addition of the old bay I think it set it apart from other pasta salads. The only thing I changed was using regular italian dressing instead of zesty which worked really well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2011
my favorite pasta salad so simple.. no old bay or olives and add tomatoes. i also use an italian blend cheese for some depth. everyone loves this. screams summertime:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Very good flavor but MAN was it spicy!!! We added mayo to the leftovers to bring it down a notch and it had a milder curry flavor. Read More
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