Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Super Easy One Bowl Meal Salad for a Hot Summer Day

And it's really easy to make Gluten Free, by using A GF pasta of your choice.  I used two packages of Heartland's Penne from Walmart.

I make everything in bulk, so this will be a big batch, maybe about 4-5 qts.
  • 1 1/2 lbs pasta, cooked in salted water, then cooled in several changes of cold water and drained well.
While your pasta is cooking, cooling and draining, mix up the other ingredients.
  • 1 large (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 large (12 oz) cans tuna, drained
  • 1 can medium olives, drained
  • 1 medium onion, diced, or halved and cut into thin slices
  • 2-4 c fresh vegetables of your choice, I used wax beans and broccoli
  • 1 c cream (if you use processed cream check the label, if you're making it GF)
  • 1 c coarsely grated or cubed cheese of choice
  • a handful of pepperoni slices cut into strips
  • a generous handful of basil leaves (leaves off three medium stalks, maybe a fluffy cupful before cutting), cut into thin strips

Mix the above together.  Stir into cooled and drained pasta.  Serve.

If you want a little more pizzazz, add a little salt and pepper, or your favorite mixed seasoning salt.  Some people might have found it a little bland, but I liked that the tastes and textures were so fresh and simple.

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