We fully recognize that pasta should probably never be dyed blue, with one exception – patriotism food! The 4th of July is all about the red, white & blue and we are whipping up recipes that celebrate just that!

This pasta salad is incredibly simple, even for the beginners. A simply, tasty pasta salad everyone will love, with some fun twists… like blue pasta and some firecracker sauce (also known as “sriracha”).

Delight the masses with a pasta that will stand out while you celebrate!

Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 box (454gr) farfalle/bowtie pasta, cooked al dente
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, bite sized
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup canned white beans (cannellini or kidney), drained & rinsed
  • 1/2 bottle Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup mini sliced chorizo or pepperoni
  • Sriracha, to taste
  • 10-20+ drops blue food coloring
  • Parmesan cheese, for garnish

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large ziploc bag

Method

  • With your pre-cooked pasta bowties, remove about 1/2 of them, and place into a ziploc bag. Add in about 20 drops of blue food coloring, seal and shake until the color is well distributed.
  • Add the blue pasta back into the uncolored "white" pasta, and begin to add the rest of your ingredients - onion, beans, tomatoes, mozzarella, chorizo/pepperoni, italian salad dressing & sriracha sauce.
  • Lightly toss until everything is well coated. The dye CAN run if you over-mix, so try to avoid this the best you can.
  • Set aside in your refrigerator until you are ready to serve! Garnish with Parmesan cheese, if you choose.

Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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