My aunt and mom created this recipe. It is a family favorite and a great item to bring to picnics and potlucks.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 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 rolling boil. Cook the bow-tie pasta at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain.

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  • Quickly rinse the cooked pasta in cold water to stop it from continuing to cook; drain.

  • Mix the cooled pasta, broccoli, tomatoes, sliced green onions, celery, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper in a large bowl.

  • Gently stir the salad dressing, Parmesan cheese, sugar, basil, and salt in a bowl until evenly mixed.

  • Pour the salad dressing mixture over the pasta mixture; gently toss to coat evenly.

  • Refrigerate 3 hours to overnight before serving.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

317.3 calories; 7.7 g protein; 43.5 g carbohydrates; 15.3 mg cholesterol; 484 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2012
As is three stars == too sweet! I'd omit the sugar and toss the broccoli in with the pasta about three minutes before done to "shock" the broccoli so it keeps its crunch and bright green color -- five stars. Also good if you substitute the green onions with diced sweet or red onions. For a full meal I add leftover cooked chicken or ham. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/29/2012
Try poppy Drsg instead. This was very bland Read More
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46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2012
As is three stars == too sweet! I'd omit the sugar and toss the broccoli in with the pasta about three minutes before done to "shock" the broccoli so it keeps its crunch and bright green color -- five stars. Also good if you substitute the green onions with diced sweet or red onions. For a full meal I add leftover cooked chicken or ham. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2012
I was so skeptical about this dressing. The sugar with the Parmesan seemed like it couldn't be good. As I was putting it on the salad I was scared I was going to end up wasting all those great ingredients. Wow. Was I wrong! It was phenomenal. My husband and son raved about it and they're not ones to rave. Later in the night when they usually snack on cereal or sandwiches they both had bowls of the leftovers from this instead. And they don't touch leftovers! It's nothing short of a miracle. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2012
Tried this salad yesterday as I had all of the ingredients on hand. Absolutely delicious. Made as directed. Cannot wait to make it for a family get together! Thank you for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2012
I would give this a 10 star if I could. This by far is the best pasta salad I ever had. I too was skeptical about sugar being in a pasta salad but that is what makes this so unique. My family is very picky and normally won't even eat macaroni or pasta salads and they woofed it all down. Next time I will make a double batch so I can have some leftovers. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2012
Wow - delicious! My family really liked this salad which I served with sazitza (italian sausage) made out on our grill. The only (slight) change I made to the recipe was that I substituted yellow pepper for red because I didn't have any red. SO GOOD! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2012
This is the best pasta salad I have ever made or tasted. Made no changes to the recipe. It was so good I made it again the next day for a pot luck dinner at church. So many requests for this recipe! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2012
Colourful and tasty! I have been making the same pasta salad recipe for years (the one on the mayonnaise jar) so was a little skeptical. But this one is fantastic - and it stays creamy the next day. Best of all my husband who has always merely tolerated pasta salads LOVES this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2012
Excellent tasting salad. Had all the ingredients on hand. Goes well with grilled meats or as a main meal. This would also be good with salami or other meats added. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2012
Absolutely wonderful! I made this pasta salad for a family picnic and everyone loved it. I did not make any changes. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/29/2012
Try poppy Drsg instead. This was very bland Read More
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