This is my favorite pasta salad recipe based on years of making it for BBQs and family get-togethers. A little bit of everything in this Italian dish.



Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook bow-tie pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and let cool.

  • Meanwhile, place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add broccoli, cover, and steam until tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain and let cool.

  • Cut cheeses into small cubes and combine in a large bowl with pasta, broccoli, ham, cherry tomatoes, olives, and pepperoni. Mix in the dressing. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and paprika. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook's Notes:

You can use different noodles if you prefer. Use about 16 ounces of any cheese combination you prefer.

Cube ham from thick ham slices.

You can substitute a non-creamy dressing but be careful not to use too much.

Nutrition Facts

470 calories; 28.8 g total fat; 58 mg cholesterol; 985 mg sodium. 32.9 g carbohydrates; 20.7 g protein; Full Nutrition