Pasta Salad

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Hello y’all! As always, I try to share the easy and simple recipes since we know who the chef is in the family (it is not me). So, this week’s recipe is pasta salad. What a wonderful invention this dish is it is cold, so you don’t have to heat it up. It also makes great leftovers for that reason and lunches and another plus is it makes a ton of food and its cheap to make. This is my go-to for potlucks or for weeks when I don’t want to prep lunches. Pasta salad is also one of those dishes that you can tweak and make it all your own. Daniel and I hate olives and I don’t like tomatoes and those are staples for most pasta salads but, that is the beauty of this dish you can make it how you want it. However, my pasta salad is not super traditional, but I always receive complements and requests for it!

Here is a quick look at all my ingredients.

I always add a little olive oil while I boil pasta it helps them stay tender and not stick together.

The finished product! It makes a ton and everyone is sure to love it.

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Pasta Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total: 25 minutes

Amount: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Hard Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Mozzarella
  • 1 onion
  • 2 avocados
  • Italian dressing
  • Cheese stuffed tortellini

Instructions

  1. Start a pot of boiling water for your tortellini
  2. While the pot is warming up dice or cut Salami, pepperoni, onion, avocados, and mozzarella.
  3. Cook tortellini, drain, and cool in the fridge (if you do not cool them first, they will melt the cheese)
  4. All the tortellini and Italian dressing to the bowl and toss and serve.
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Cast Iron Steak

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Hello y’all! Today’s recipe is for steak. When I cook steak, I don’t want to pull the grill out and do all the things. So, I opt to us my cast iron skillet. These are a god sent they had such amazing flavor and the more you use them the better they get. Anyways so when I cook steak for my fiancé and myself, I use the cast iron skillet. This recipe is very simple I am aware you can get way into the weeds when it comes to preparing steaks, but I believe simple is better. If you have a good cut of meat you don’t need to over season them. Besides I want to enjoy the favor of the steak not mask it.

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Cast Iron Steak

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total: 20 minutes

Amount: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 steaks (your choice of cut)
  • Onion powder
  • Fresh garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. First prep your steaks, coat them in salt and let them sit for 5 minutes. This step allows the salt to break down the meat and it will make them tender.
  2. Heat your skillet over medium heat with butter, cut garlic, and olive oil
  3. Rinse the salt off the steaks and pat dry
  4. Add salt, pepper, and onion powder to the steaks
  5. Cook steaks to desired temp (rare, medium, etc.). Very important use a spoon to drench your steaks with the butter and olive oil that is in the skillet. This will keep them moist and tender.
  6. Pull them off the skillet and let them sit for about 5 minutes and serve. 

Note: The photo shows a side salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing.

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