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PAM’S PERFECT PASTA SALAD

Serves 6-8

2 stalks celery
2 large bell peppers
12 oz. package rotini pasta
1/2 can large black olives, sliced in half
1 jar marinated artichokes
1 package Italian salad dressing mix
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup canola oil
Italian seasoning
Basil
Salt and pepper

• Chop celery and slice bell pepper.
• Cook pasta according to directions. About two minutes before pasta is cooked, add celery and bell pepper.
• Drain pasta, celery and peppers.
• While pasta is hot, combine pasta, artichokes and olives in a large bowl.
• In separate bowl, mix salad dressing according to directions, except use 1/2 cup olive oil PLUS 1/2 cup canola oil.
• Add dressing mixture to pasta mixture and season to taste with Italian seasoning, basil, salt and pepper.

Note:  Travels well in a large Ziploc in the cooler for cookouts. Best if made the day before so that flavors can “marry.”  You can also use green olives — I like the big martini ones — but be careful when you add salt.