Rating: 4.51 stars
191 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 64
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2

A terrific Italian-flavored pasta salad with broccoli, pepperoni and cheese.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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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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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse twice in cold water.

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  • In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, pepperoni, broccoli, olives, cheese and dressing.

  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

415 calories; protein 13.9g; carbohydrates 25.6g; fat 29.1g; cholesterol 32.8mg; sodium 1518mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (187)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2004
Delish! Been making this for years. I cook my pasta the day before and marinate them with about 3/4 of the salad dressing. The next day I add the other ingredients and then the remainder of the salad dressing. Sometimes I vary the veggies and add onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, etc. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2006
This was good and attractive but just nothing special about it. I wish it would specify a brand name of Italian dressing since those who tried it and really liked it may have used a bottled dressing that was tastier than the Wishbone brand that I used. I use that brand on green salads so that is why I bought it for this recipe. Read More
(17)
191 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 64
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2004
Delish! Been making this for years. I cook my pasta the day before and marinate them with about 3/4 of the salad dressing. The next day I add the other ingredients and then the remainder of the salad dressing. Sometimes I vary the veggies and add onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, etc. Read More
(133)
Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2006
I gave this 5 starts BUT I used all the suggestions from the other reviewers -but it was AWESOME. It got rave reviews when I took it to my BBQ and DH is asking for it again. He said it is better than my old pasta salad that was so much more work! I used a combination of creamy italian and a zesty italian vinegarette. More creamy italian than vinagerette. I used about 3/4 bottle combined. About 7 oz of creamy and 4 oz of the vinegarette. I added about a cup of artichoke hearts 1/2 a bottle of vlassic zesty pepper rings and a 6oz bag of sliced sun-dried tomatoes. I left out the broccoli and the pepperoni. I chilled it over-night and it was even better the next day. This one is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2007
AWESOME AS IS RECIPE! I am picky about pasta salad and THIS WAS VERY GOOD! Since the original recipe, I too have played with it, added other veggies, and it ALWAYS COMES OUT GREAT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2007
The best pasta salad I ever had. I followed a reviewers suggestion and used Good Seasons dressing. I made a mistake with the first packet and added 1/2 cup of water instead of oil. I left it at that and added the oil then another packet following the box directions exactly. The added water made a milder flavoring so I'm going to keep it that way for the next time I make it. I used half a box of shells, cut up red pepper, 1/4 of a vidalia onion, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and Hormel pepperoni. For half a box of pasta the 2 packets of seasonings made the salad just right, not dry and not swimming in dressing. For something different, I now use a box of spiral pasta and half a bag of cooked and cooled cheese ravioli. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2007
I made a number of changes based on preference and was very pleased with the result. I used hard salami instead of pepperoni and about 1/2 a bottle of Olive Garden italian dressing. I used bowtie pasta and added diced cucumbers red onion green olives and cherry tomatoes. I substituted shredded parmesan for the shredded mozzarella. Very good right away and I'm sure it will improve with some time in the fridge. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/20/2006
My husband and I loved this salad after I made a few changes. I did try it as stated also but we liked it better after the changes. I added parmesan instead of moz. cheese and I only added about half the dressing called for. I also added some grape tomatoes sliced in half and the second time I made it I added salami instead of pepperoni. It hits the spot on a hot summer evening. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/07/2006
I use good seasons italian dressing packets, it's the best dressing for pasta salad i've come across thus far. Cherry/Grape tomatoes and grated parmasean are a must. Artichokes are a nice addition as well. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2003
I make this for most of the parties and picnics I go to and people always love it! I get lots of comment on how good it looks. The combination of ingredients makes a really nice presentation. It is VERY easy to make. I use block mozzarella and cut it into cubes instead of the shredded cheese. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2006
This was good and attractive but just nothing special about it. I wish it would specify a brand name of Italian dressing since those who tried it and really liked it may have used a bottled dressing that was tastier than the Wishbone brand that I used. I use that brand on green salads so that is why I bought it for this recipe. Read More
(17)