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Sister's awesome pasta salad

I have fabulous sisters. They have helped me through an incredible amount of crap. I am sure they will all have a spotlight on this blog eventually, but for now I would like to tell you about my sister Lissa. She is an amazing, beautiful woman. She has been by my side through all of my son's surgeries and hospitalizations. She genuinely loves my children, my husband and me. She has beautiful children, a beautiful home and she makes delicious food. Years ago, she and her husband opened up their home to me when I was going through a particularly difficult time in my life. During that time, I fell in love with the food my sister made. This pasta salad was one of those recipes I fell madly in love with. I make it often in the summertime. No other pasta salad compares, to be completely honest. Thank you to my beautiful sister! Not just for this recipe, but for your love and kindness and endless support.

This salad is extremely easy to make. I usually make an enormous batch, so I use our extra large saucepan to mix everything together. If you want a smaller batch, cut the recipe in half and use a large bowl.

In an extra large container/bowl/saucepan, combine:

16-oz. jar zesty Italian salad dressing

1-lb. box rotelle pasta, cooked and drained/rinsed

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

8 medium celery stalks, thinly sliced

16-oz. package cojack cheese, cubed

16-oz. tube summer sausage, cubed

3 13.75-oz. cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained

2 6.5-oz. cans pitted black olives, drained

2 8.5-oz. jars julienned sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Mix well and chill overnight to allow the ingredients to marinate.

I have a large helping left in my refrigerator that I am going to go munch on! Perfect for a hot-weather day (finally).

Isn't summer wonderful? Sisters, too.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (13)

well, that was very brave of you to introduce us to something you love....good thing recipes know how to share the love! it they didn't..I would be wooing this food until it left you, cuz it looks like we would get along really well!

06.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterApron Appeal

This salad looks wonderful! Yum!

Oh, this looks like the perfect pasta salad...chock full of wonderful ingredients! I have 3 sisters...and they are some of my best friends. I think we're blessed :)

06.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I love all the flavors you've got going on in this salad! And what a nice sister! Makes me wish I had one - instead I got a double dose of brothers. It's just not the same...

I love that you included summer sausage, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes...that's fantabulous!! I wish I had that in front of me right now...I'd kill it! :))

06.7.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

This looks so yummy--I can't wait til my next BBQ - definitely making this!

This will be made in my kitchen very soon! I love pasta salad in eny forn and your sister's looks ah-mazing!!

I REALLY want to grab a fork and dig right in! Excellent recipe & I love the photo's! Def. have me wanting to make this.

06.8.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana Salvo

Everything delicious is in this pasta salad! What a nice post about your sis and a great recipe too!

This looks SO amazing! I think this will be perfect for us to bring to our daughter's softball tournament this wekeend! My husband LOVES summer sausage and I never know how to incorporate it into a meal - I am running to the store now!!

Awe, what a nice sister! I love the sound of this. I make a great pasta salad as well pretty close to this but I hope you dont mind me saying that bottled dressing isnt very good. Try making this with the dry pkg of Itailian dressing that you add the oil, etc too. A world of difference! I love all your recipes.

01.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

This was officially my first Pinterest trial! So yummy!! And the batch is HUGE. I made enough for about a weeks worth of leftovers which is perfect. I used half the olives they said and added cucumber. Also, I did not use the whole bottle of italian dressing... it just seemed way too much. :)

04.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJami

Tried this yesterday...was amazing!!!

06.16.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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