Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Creamy Parmesan Pasta Salad

WINNER of the Gooseberry Patch 
Meatless Monday contest!!!!

It's that time of year again, time for BBQ's, picnics and being surrounded by family and friends.  Next time you have a gathering to attend and want to take something that will have folks beggin' for the recipe, this is it!!  We have a local deli here in Memphis that is much loved for their incredible pasta salad.  In fact, I have spent many years attempting to copy it and failed miserably...until NOW!!!  We have eaten this for every meal (except breakfast, not that I didn't consider it) since I made it, on Saturday.  Now, if that doesn't tell you how fantastic it is, nothing will.  This dish is going to be at every BBQ/picnic, we attend this summer!!!

4 oz medium shells
4 oz large elbow
3/4 cup cucumber, diced
3/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup pimentos, diced
garnish with 1 T cilantro
season to taste (1/4 tsp salt)

Creamy Parmesan sauce: 
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 T lemon juice
1/4 tsp grated garlic
3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
season to taste (doesn't need much extra salt because of the parm & probably added 1/4 tsp white pepper)

Prepare the sauce, set aside to allow the flavors to marinate.  Prepare your noodles according to package directions (don't forget to salt your water), drain and rinse in cold water.  In a large bowl, add everything and toss in dressing.  Garnish with cilantro.  You could refrigerate this, if you want, allowing the flavors to really come together.  But with something this good, you won't want to wait.

Big southern hugs, 


  1. Angie - this sounds so good!! I adore all kinds of pasta salads. So excited to try this one. Love the cucumbers in there too!!

  2. This is going to be so good with the ribs that I'm grilling this weekend!

  3. Oh yum... I love pasta salads, I seriously could eat that as an entire meal! Great recipe girl!

  4. This has got to be sooo yummy - what a great summer dish!

  5. Sounds delish, So I will definitely try!!!
    Thanks!!! ;-)

  6. Oooh the parmesan cheese really sends this over the top. Love!

  7. I'm loving this pasta salad - will put on my grocery list for tomorrow!

  8. Oh my! This looks SO good!!
    Can't wait to try it :)

  9. Congrats on having this featured at Gooseberry Patch Roundup! I'm proud of you Gal! =)

  10. This is so good thanks for sharing! We have had it twice now and the family loves it. We aren't huge pimento fans so I chopped up a few kalamata olives instead and oh my it is good. Thanks again!


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