My friend Jen is hosting a ‘must try’ recipes contest today with 8 other bloggers.  This week is such perfect timing since we’ll all be trying to think of new and tasty recipes to make for our Memorial Day cookouts!    The contest lasts for 24 hours and you can only comment once.  I’d be so thankful if you’d ever so kindly take the time to vote.  Maybe I’ll even post an video of my  Tammy Wynette car karaoke.  Or  a hitch kick video?  But either of those options that might be scary for small children and anyone with a heart condition.   Either way, I’d be so happy if you voted by commenting 🙂
creamy pasta salad
As many of you know, I’m growing a little garden.  My precious, sweet, beautiful little garden.   It makes me so happy! And I’ve been dying to harvest some herbs. So when Jen emailed me about participating in this fun recipe contest, I knew right away that my basil would finally have its moment to shine.

So, here’s the recipe:

1/2 large box (16 oz) of shells pasta (or any other similar sized pasta)—cooked to al dente and drained

1 container of grape tomatoes, sliced in half and sautéed in olive oil 

4 cloves of garlic, minced and sautéed in olive oil

1 T. balsamic vinegar, added to the tomatoes and garlic after they’ve sautéed a couple minutes

1 container of Philadelphia cooking creme, italian cheese and herb

12 leaves of basil, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Saute the tomatoes and garlic together for about 5 minutes and then add the balsamic vinegar and sauté 1 more minute.  Let this mixture and the pasta cool before adding the additional ingredients.

Garnish with a few handfuls of shredded parmesan cheese.

Serve chilled with your favorite BBQ main dish!

Please visit the other bloggers for great recipes ideas for the weekend!

Lemon Berry Cheesecake Bars – Saving Dollars and Sense
Creamy Potato Salad – Mommy Hates Cooking
Southwest Chicken Salad – My Home Sweet Home
Creamy Bacon and Tomato Potato Salad – Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Creamy BLT Pasta Salad with Pesto Sauce – 4Tunate
Shrimp Campanelle Salad – The Peaceful Mom
Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip – Saving with Shellie
Philly Creamy Deviled Eggs – Smockity Frocks

 And thanks Jen, for hosting this party and inviting me to cook with y’all!

140 comments on “{Italian} creamy pasta salad:: “Must Try” summer recipes”

  1. I have seen these at our local grocery store but have not yet dared to try one. The main reason being, I just did not know what to do with it. I will have to give your recipe a try. It looks easy and yummy!

  2. This looks amazing! I will add it to the menu list this week and cannot (like you) wait to make use of some fresh herbs from my garden. 🙂 Thank you Edie! Have a great day!

  3. I think the Italian Creamy Pasta Salad sounds delicious and we intend to make it this weekend! Thanks, Edie!

  4. this says SUMMER and really looks great. already have the tomatoes, basil + pasta, so i’m on my way. happy memorial day weekend!

  5. This looks like one of my favorites, a classic Caprese Salad of mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and sea salt, but this one made into salad with the Italian Creme Cheese doing the syncretistic delight thing!

  6. This looks so good! I usually don’t like stuff in pasta salads but everything in this one sounds delicious! I will for sure try it…soon. 🙂

  7. This looks delicious! We are about to leave for the beach and this looks like it would be a great easy side. I am going to give it a try!

  8. I’d try it! I’d leave out the minced garlic, just because that always makes my stomach ache, but everything else sounds yummy!

  9. Looks yummy! I agree with one of the previous commenters that the Philly looked delicious, I just didn’t know what to do with it. If it’s got tomatoes and basil, I’m in!

  10. Also have some basil growing and love pasta salad. Thanks so much. I printed out the recipe and am excited to try it.

  11. Saved again by an Edie recipe – can’t wait to try this one! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  12. Yummy! I’ll be making this on Sunday! {Italian} creamy pasta salad for the win!

    Thanks bunches for sharing!


  13. Miss Edie- this creamy pasta salad sounds so yummy. I will have to get the ingredients and add this to the weekend’s menu. My parent’s are celebrating their anniversary and I think they will love it.
    Hope you win. Would love to see some Tammy Wynette car karaoke. No one could do it better than you.

  14. So many of your recipes are my new “go to” recipes… this one looks like another great one!
    Thanks for sharing and spicing up my families life!!!

  15. Potato salad was requested at my Great Niece’s birthday party on Saturday – think I’ll surprise everyone and make this instead. Looks delicious and no meat will certainly work since her grandmother is a vegetarian.

  16. This recipe brings out the Scottish in me … or was it Mediterranean. 🙂 Sounds very tasty. Bring on the karaoke.

  17. Miss Edie~ I found your blog back during your 31 days series when Nester made the video for you. I have been stalking you since. On days that I am looking for decorating ideas, I hang out on your blog. On days that I need encouragement, I hang out on your blog. On days that I need a good giggle, I hang out on your blog. On the days that I want to find a good recipe… you see where this is going, right? The impact that you have on your stalkers lives is not measurable. I refuse to believe that I am the only one that thinks so! THANK YOU for always keeping it real! And, I do hope that you win this little competition!!!

  18. Whenever I at first commented I clicked the Notify me whenever new comments are added checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four email messages with the same comment.

  19. This pasta salad sounds absolutely fabulous! I am going to have to give it a try this weekend! Thank you for coming up with it!!!

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