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Kid Approved: Balsamic Penne Pasta Salad

April 18, 2010


My daughter, Leigh, begged me to make penne pasta salad that she saw a friend bring to school. She called to find out what was in it, and she made up this recipe herself for Balsamic Pasta Salad. This recipe is a breeze, and the kids absolutely loved it. Feel free to add chicken or turkey and top with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.


Balsamic Penne Pasta Salad

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
8 ounces penne pasta
1 (11-ounce) can Mexicorn, drained
11/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced yellow pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup light balsamic vinaigrette dressing (we used Paul Newmans)
1 Chopped fresh basil, shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and chill.

2. Toss pasta with corn and next 5 ingredients. Chill at least 1 hour. Top with fresh basil and Parmesan, if desired.


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