Kid Approved: Balsamic Penne Pasta Salad

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My daughter, Leigh, begged me to make penne pasta salad that she saw a friend bring to school. She called to find out what was in it, and she made up this recipe herself for Balsamic Pasta Salad. This recipe is a breeze, and the kids absolutely loved it. Feel free to add chicken or turkey and top with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

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Balsamic Penne Pasta Salad

Cook Time:

10 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes

Yield:

6 to 8 servings

Ingredients:

8 ounces penne pasta
1 (11-ounce) can Mexicorn, drained
11/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced yellow pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup light balsamic vinaigrette dressing (we used Paul Newmans)
Chopped fresh basil, shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preparation:

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and chill.

2. Toss pasta with corn and next 5 ingredients. Chill at least 1 hour. Top with fresh basil and Parmesan, if desired.

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