{Guest Post} Kick Ace Pasta Salad

{I’d like to thank Ashley at The Stauffer Shenanigans for providing today’s guest post.  Ashley is a mom of two little ladies and a yellow lab puppy, and from the looks of that photo, she makes a mean pasta salad.  Can’t wait to try this!}

Yes. This pasta salad is so ridiculously yummy & simply delish, it’s definitely qualified for it’s ‘kick ace’ label.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 box tri color rotini pasta
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 head of broccoli (is it a head? or a bunch? got me.)
  • 3 peeled carrots (or a small bag of shredded works.)
  • 1 bag of cubed cheddar cheese (colby’s yum-o too.)
  • Half a bottle of Italin dressing
  • Half a bottle of Ranch dressing

Cook pasta as directed on the box. Make sure it’s cooked through because you’ll want to give it a cold shock before you add it to the veggies & that’ll stop the cooking process.

While the pasta is cooking, cut up the veggies. It can be as little or as much as you want. We use alot (to make up for the fact that a buttload of dressing will be going in.) Toss in the cheese cubes. Again, however many you want. And again, we use alot because any kind of dairy product rocks our socks in this house.

Add the cold pasta. Now the dressing. To be honest, I eyeball how much goes in until it makes the right squish sound when mixed all together. Usually it’s half a bottle of each the italin & ranch. It may look (and sound) like alot, but the pasta soaks most of it up. And this will feed a crowd! Or just us 4 on a summer night BBQ.

Mix it all up together, pop it in the fridge for a good hour, and voila. Kick ace pasta salad. When the girl who was always asked to bring chips or plates to parties & cookouts because she couldn’t cook for shlop is now always asked to bring this dish? You KNOW it’s good.

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