Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Garth's Pasta Salad

Love the combination of the two pastas!

This recipe comes from the kitchen of Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood via The Food Network.

Reviewers of this recipe cited not enough dressing or seasoning, so I will use this recipe as a start of a pasta salad.    

With that in mind, I will be adding mayonnaise a spoonful at a time until desired consistency is reached, italian dressing or a vinegar and oil dressing. 

Depending on how it tastes seasoning-wise after adjusting salt and pepper, I may add onion powder and/or cayenne pepper (just a pinch of each). Otherwise, the only other thing I would add is some cubed chicken.

Add what your family loves and make this recipe uniquely yours!


    • 12 ounces rotini pasta
    • 12 ounces fresh spinach and cheese tortellini
    • 2 dozen grape tomatoes, halved
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 10 ounces Cheddar, shredded
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil


Add rotini to 4 quarts of boiling water (I always add some salt to boiling water), reduce to a low boil and cook to the desired doneness, about 10 minutes. 

Add the tortellini during the last 6 minutes of cooking. 

Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Toss tomatoes with the salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Add the tomatoes, Cheddar and oil and toss to combine while the pasta is still warm . 

Serve warm.

Photo and recipe sources:

Adapted from "Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen" by Trisha Yearwood © Clarkson Potter 2008. Provided courtesy of Trisha Yearwood. All rights reserved.

Food Network Show: Trisha's Southern Kitchen
 Feeding Hungry Boys


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