*Firecracker Pasta Salad

*Firecracker Pasta Salad

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based on 21 reviews
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15 min.
16 min.
8 Servings

This colorful Firecracker Pasta Salad is packed with eye-pleasing colors and is perfectly simple to make.


  • 2 packages BUITONI Refrigerated Three Cheese Tortellini (9 oz.), prepared according to package directions, chilled
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted and halved ripe olives
  • 3/4 cup BUITONI Refrigerated Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese (5 oz.)
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HEAT oil in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Pour into large bowl; cool. Whisk in vinegar.

ADD prepared pasta, tomatoes, broccoli, bell pepper, olives and cheese; toss well to coat. Refrigerate or serve immediately.

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Everyone loves it

Started making this a couple of years ago and now everytime I go to family dinners or work dinners, everyone asks for this. The dressing in this is just enough and perfect. I do add some cut up baby carrots, but other than that, it is perfect the way it is. No need for any fancy or heavy dressings. Perfect.

- Sherry Kirker from TN

Fresh and Tasty Salad

There are so many ideas for options in this salad. Nice for taking to a picnic as it has no mayo. This time I'm trying it with dried pasta cooked to aldente.

- Kendra from Crawford, WV


This salad is so good, crisp and fresh. Everytime I make it, people rave and have seconds. I substitute fresh squeezed lemon for the vinegar since some of my family members don't like vinegar. I've also made this with a farfalle pasta rather than the tortellini and had just as many raves.

- Missy from

Everyone loves it!

This was super easy to make! We had company coming and I had a difficult and time consuming main course, so I made this in the morning and refrigerated it during the day. Everyone loved it and I saw many people help themselves to seconds! I will make this again in a heartbeat!

- Laura from Sammamish, WA, USA

average flavor

This dish is pretty to look at, but not a stand-out in the flavor department. It would probably be better to dress it with a bottled dressing of your choice, rather than the dressing in the recipe.

- taruna bolding from

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 320
  • Calories from Fat: 140
  • Total Fat: 16g (24% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 4.5g (22% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 30mg (10% of DV)
  • Sodium: 440mg (19% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 32g (11% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g (16% of DV)
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Vitamin A: 20% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 60% of DV
  • Calcium: 15% of DV
  • Iron: 10% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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