A few months ago, we had an entire javelina turned into summer sausage. Can I just say, "YUM!" I love summer sausage, and I especially like it when it's from a wild animal that hasn't been raised on an industrialized farm. :) (Thank you Grandpa D and Howard!!!)
Anyway, after awhile my kids got tired of eating it the same few ways: cold with cheese and crackers, sausage egg and cheese on English muffins, sausage and beans casserole, sausage with rice, etc.
So, I decided to make something new thinking my kids were gonna be totally against the pasta salad thing. Nope, I was pleasantly surprised that they all really liked it!! The only con was that I didn't make a double batch. The second time I made it, I doubled the recipe. :)
Summer Sausage Pasta Salad
- 1 box of tri-color rotini, cooked and drained
- Approx. 1/2 a bottle of Ranch dressing
- Approx. 1/3 bottle of Italian dressing
- 2 TBSP mayo
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 small can sliced black olives (I usually don't use the whole can)
- 1 cup chopped summer sausage (doesn't have to be javelina) :)
- Salt and pepper to taste
*Mix noodles dressings and mayo together. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to coat. Eat right away or refrigerate for a few hours. When you refrigerate, you will want to add a little more dressing and maybe some mayo before serving.
I am taking some to a potluck today, so hopefully everyone else will like it, too!
Linked to: Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Try a New Recipe Tuesday, Works for Me Wednesday, A Little Bird Told Me