Cheap and Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

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This is very cheap and easy to make because you can choose the flavor of the "dressing" you use to the type of pasta/noodles. It can be eaten hot, cold, and anywhere in-between. It is also good for outside eating because as long as you do not use a milk based dressing it will not go bad.

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Servings: 8 2 cups


Cost per serving $1.47 view details
  • 1 bottle of fat-free or lite Italian dressing.
  • 1 bag (16 oz.) package of wide noodle or a box of rotini pasta.(or any type of your choosing.
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 handful of olives-I prefer kalamata, but your choice.
  • 1-2 tbs of red vinegar
  • 1 handful of cherry or grape tomatoes (optional)
  • 1-3 oz. of cheese- any flavor ( I prefer either sharp cheddar or monterey jack)


  1. Add salt to boilling water and add noodles
  2. While cooking pasta peel the cucumber deseed it and dice it.
  3. Take the cheese and cube it into 1/2 inch cubes.
  4. If you have cherry tomatoes cut them in half.
  5. When pasta is finished boiling, drain and return to pot.
  6. While the pasta is still hot pour the dressing on and add the vinegar to taste. If you want to eat it hot now is the time add the other ingrediants, but at this time wait til it is a bit cooler to add the cheese.
  7. If want cold salad after adding the dressing place in frig and cool.
  8. When cool add other ingridiants and mix. You can add more dressing if you like or fresh herbs like basil and cilantro.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 140g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 399  
Calories from Fat 162 41%
Total Fat 18.32g 23%
Saturated Fat 4.04g 16%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 1059mg 44%
Potassium 79mg 2%
Total Carbs 53.61g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
Sugars 5.0g 3%
Protein 4.04g 6%
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