this is a great--CHEAP--hot weather recipe!
Heat Wave Pasta
Main Dish for 4/Side Dish for 6-8
1 pound tri-colored rotini, elbows or small shells, cooked al dente (firm)--
rinse in cold water and drain and chill
1 pound Hillshire Farm-style Kielbasa--
thaw and cook for 4 minutes on HIGH in microwave then chop into bite sized pieces and cool
1 large can of diced tomatoes well drained (pressed)--save juice for other recipes!
1 can black olives--crush with your fingers if desired (makes your hands soft!)
1 cup favorite salad dressing--Italian, French/Tomato, Ranch, Green Goddess, Vidalia Onion, Bleu Cheese, etc
1/2 cup balsamic or red wine vinegar
1/2 cup bacon bits
optional- dried fruits like cranberries, cherries or golden raisins or sun-dried tomatoes or dried peppers in oil
Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for atleast 2 hours before you eat it.
Serve with chilled baked beans and carrot/celery/cucumber sticks and iced tea or lemonade!
(The new Bush's Grillin' Beans are yummy!) Don't forget watermelon or sherbet for dessert!