Spagetti Pasta Salad

By special request [well, Mark La Roi wondered what it was….]

original recipe:

1 (12 oz.) pkg. spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 (16 oz.) bottle Kraft Zesty Italian dressing
1 chopped red onion
1 chopped green bell pepper
1 chopped red bell pepper
1 sm. can sliced black olives, drained
1 chopped tomato

Kroger’s salad seasonings or McCormick Salad Supreme seasoning to taste

Mix the above ingredients. Chill and serve.

====my variations=====
I simply add whatever fresh veggies are around, so usually chopped carrots and cucumbers find their way in. Tomato is a must, but I have been known to toss in some Harry and David’s onion and pepper relish, which makes everything better….

I’ve tried different Italian dressings but you need something strong, as the noodles cut the flavor- I often use Wishbone. Some people don’t like the McCormick Salad Supreme, and sometimes I am not in the mood for its flavor… so I substitute Italian mixed herbs, those for dipping sauces are good.

Oh yeah. I add fresh cracked black pepper in as well, and sometimes shredded cheese if in the mood for that…

Anyway, however you make it, this is always really popular. Great for pot-lucks. It is easy and you usually have the stuff handy, which makes it one of those things that you make spontaneously “oh wow, I feel like some pasta salad today” because you can mix and match ingredients. Just be sure you have the Italian dressing.

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