Easy Pasta Salad

To bring this tangy, vegetable-packed pasta salad together in a snap, we used jarred roasted red peppers and store-bought Italian dressing. The dish takes mere minutes to make, but the longer it sits in the refrigerator, the better it tastes!
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 20 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound cavatappi or other short curly pasta shape

2 medium cucumbers, sliced thin and quartered (about 4 cups)

4 cups broccoli florets (from 1 large head)

6 ounces cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 2 cups)

One 16-ounce jar sliced roasted red peppers, drained

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1 1/2 cups Italian dressing


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  2. Add the cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, red peppers, Parmesan, pasta, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper to a large bowl. Pour the Italian dressing over the top and toss until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until the pasta is cold, about 2 hours and up to overnight.