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Bow-Tie Pasta Salad


"My aunt and mom created this recipe. It is a family favorite and a great item to bring to picnics and potlucks."
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3 h 35 m servings 317 cals
Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Calories:
  • 317 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 12.4 g
  • 19%
  • Carbs:
  • 43.5g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 7.7 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 484 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook the bow-tie pasta at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain.
  2. Quickly rinse the cooked pasta in cold water to stop it from continuing to cook; drain.
  3. Mix the cooled pasta, broccoli, tomatoes, sliced green onions, celery, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper in a large bowl.
  4. Gently stir the salad dressing, Parmesan cheese, sugar, basil, and salt in a bowl until evenly mixed.
  5. Pour the salad dressing mixture over the pasta mixture; gently toss to coat evenly.
  6. Refrigerate 3 hours to overnight before serving.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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  1. 42 Ratings

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As is, three stars == too sweet! I'd omit the sugar and toss the broccoli in with the pasta about three minutes before done to "shock" the broccoli so it keeps its crunch and bright green color...

Most helpful critical review

Try poppy Drsg instead. This was very bland

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As is, three stars == too sweet! I'd omit the sugar and toss the broccoli in with the pasta about three minutes before done to "shock" the broccoli so it keeps its crunch and bright green color...

I was so skeptical about this dressing. The sugar with the Parmesan seemed like it couldn't be good. As I was putting it on the salad, I was scared I was going to end up wasting all those great ...

Tried this salad yesterday as I had all of the ingredients on hand. Absolutely delicious. Made as directed. Cannot wait to make it for a family get together! Thank you for the great recipe!

I would give this a 10 star if I could. This by far is the best pasta salad I ever had. I too was skeptical about sugar being in a pasta salad but that is what makes this so unique. My family is...

Wow - delicious! My family really liked this salad, which I served with sazitza (italian sausage) made out on our grill. The only (slight) change I made to the recipe was that I substituted ye...

Colourful and tasty! I have been making the same pasta salad recipe for years (the one on the mayonnaise jar), so was a little skeptical. But this one is fantastic - and it stays creamy the next...

Excellent tasting salad. Had all the ingredients on hand. Goes well with grilled meats or as a main meal. This would also be good with salami or other meats added.

This is the best pasta salad I have ever made or tasted. Made no changes to the recipe. It was so good, I made it again the next day for a pot luck dinner at church. So many requests for this...

Absolutely wonderful! I made this pasta salad for a family picnic and everyone loved it. I did not make any changes.