Hearty Pasta Dinner Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Hearty Pasta Dinner Salad Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Hearty Pasta Dinner Salad

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"Mix up rotini pasta with beef franks and vegetables for this hearty main dish pasta salad."

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  • PREP

    40 mins

    40 mins


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain; set aside. Meanwhile, whisk olive oil, vinegar, salt, and black pepper together in large bowl to make dressing; set aside. Cut franks lengthwise in half; then slice into 1/4-inch-thick half moons.
  2. Heat large skillet over high heat for 1 minute. Add franks; cook and stir 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, and peas; cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until peas are hot and peppers are crisp-tender.
  3. Place pasta into bowl with prepared dressing. Add frank mixture; toss to coat all with dressing. Serve hot.
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  • For a "lightened" version of this recipe, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper for dressing and proceed with recipe as directed.
  • Tip: Don't have white wine vinegar on hand? Substitute 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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Apr 19, 2010

I opted for diced carrots instead of peppers and tomatoes (my family wont eat those!) and to make it a little simpler, I used some Italian dressing I already had in my fridge! Delicious!

May 25, 2010

This is a really good poor man's italian sausage pasta salad. This isn't a gourmet meal but a good everyday meal. The only thing I did different is I did not add vinegar because my husband doesn't like it.

Nov 03, 2010

This was okay. My nine year old loved it. My two year old liked it. I substituted spaghetti noddles for rotini and carrots for the pepper, based on what we had in the house. Otherwise I followed the recipe exact.


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  • Calories
  • 435 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 37 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 30 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 26.4 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 3.1 g
  • 12%
  • Protein
  • 13.7 g
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 1108 mg
  • 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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