Creamy Pasta Salad

Do ever just have a craving for something light and refreshing?  I especially like to have something light on hand for weekend lunches when we are running around and trying to get a millions things accomplished.

We tried this recipe from and really loved it!  It packed up really nice for lunches too!


Creamy Pasta Salad

Adapted from SimplyRealMoms


  • ½ box shaped pasta
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ½ pkg mini pepperonis (regular size is ok, too)
8 Monterey Jack cheese sticks (snack sticks) cut into chunks (you can use any kind of cheese that you like) 

Ranch dressing


  1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Drain it.
  2. Place colander with drained pasta into a bowl with ice and water in it to cool it off.
  3. Put all the rest of the ingredients, except the ranch dressing into a bowl.
 Pour the cooled pasta onto a clean towel and really dry it off.
  4. Pour pasta into the bowl
. Stir in the ranch as you like it. A little, a lot—there’s no exact science to it.



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