This is truly a must have pasta salad especially if you are Italian. I can't keep this in the house, it goes as fast as I make it. Enjoy!

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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, until tender. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in enough olive oil to coat, but not so that it pools at the bottom of the bowl. Mix in the red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, parsley, oregano and Asiago cheese. Mix in the Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate until 20 minutes before serving. If the pasta soaks up a lot of the oil, you may need to add more. Taste the salad as you are preparing it, you may like more or less ingredients.

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Nutrition Facts

437.5 calories; 14.8 g protein; 48.3 g carbohydrates; 17.6 mg cholesterol; 272.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2007
Great recipe made a few changes though. I added a cup or so of diced cucumber as well as a couple cups of broccoli I poured the hot pasta water over the broccoli to steam... rinsed all in cold water to keep from overcooking pasta and broccoli. Also I added quite a bit less oregano and added in a few TBS of balsamic vinegar to increase the flavor overall great recipe and delicious summer salad Read More
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  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2007
Great recipe made a few changes though. I added a cup or so of diced cucumber as well as a couple cups of broccoli I poured the hot pasta water over the broccoli to steam... rinsed all in cold water to keep from overcooking pasta and broccoli. Also I added quite a bit less oregano and added in a few TBS of balsamic vinegar to increase the flavor overall great recipe and delicious summer salad Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2007
Great recipe made a few changes though. I added a cup or so of diced cucumber as well as a couple cups of broccoli I poured the hot pasta water over the broccoli to steam... rinsed all in cold water to keep from overcooking pasta and broccoli. Also I added quite a bit less oregano and added in a few TBS of balsamic vinegar to increase the flavor overall great recipe and delicious summer salad Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2006
This recipe is great!! I found it a little bland so i added italian dressing and black olives! delicious!!;) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/18/2010
Leaving town again so it's time to clean out the fridge again too which Hub's staff always appreciates. This salad did a good job of clearing out the vegetable crisper - I added all ingredients to taste and came up with a winner. I appreciate this recipe for the fact it doesn't call for bottled Italian dressing which makes this salad better than those right from the start. I used fresh garlic rather than the jarred and added black olives as well as orange and yellow bell peppers. I also gave it a splash of white wine vinegar. Finally I wanted something a little smaller than rigatoni so I chose to use penne pasta instead. This is such a great combination of flavors - the olive oil cheeses and fresh herbs realy make this salad exceptionally good. I think it would be impossible for this to turn out badly. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2010
VERY tasty! I tool this to a BBQ and everyone LOVED it!! I made it as written and added the juice of one lemon and a quarter cup of balsamic vinegar. Next time I will also add extra garlic. It was very tasty but in my opinion needed the lemon and vinegar as without it I found it a tad bit bland. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2008
Great way to use a lot of vegetables. I included the peppers and tomatoes and added zucchini cucumbers and a little carrot for color with tri-color bowtie pasta. It really soaked up the olive oil so add a little more before serving. Great left overs too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2008
Delicious. My husband loved it and he usually isnt a huge fan of pasta salads. I didnt put quite as much bell pepper and oregano to taste. Will make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2006
Loved this one - Family & friends demand this one for BBQ's and lunch when they are around. I did add extra garlic & doubled all the other add-ins (eg: cheeses cherry tomato etc) to give more body & flavour but hey it is a wiiner. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2011
This is good but it needs a little something to add a zip. I splashed some balsalmic vinegar to taste and that made all the difference. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2007
I was happy with how this recipe turned out. I substituted Italian seasoning for the oregano and didn't use as much as stated - just until it was covered well. I also used orange green and red bell peppers for extra color. Read More
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