Patriotic Pasta

A popular side dish for your Fourth of July menu, this hearty pasta salad is practically a meal in itself. It fits into the holiday theme with the bright red cherry tomatoes, white noodles and cauliflower plus blue cheese. The creamy dressing is pleasantly zesty.

Yield

12 servings

Dressing Ingredients

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon honey mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pasta Ingredients

2 1/2 cups uncooked penne or medium tube pasta
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1 inch strips
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients; set aside. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic and basil in oil until garlic is tender. Pour over pasta. Add the cauliflower, tomatoes, green onions, red pepper, cheese and dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Preparation/Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 each) equals 143 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 192 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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