Alydhe (alydhe) wrote in bento_recipes,

Newbie Post + Recipe

Hey all! I'm rather new to bento, but I'm very excited about it. I didn't have any pictures to share with y'all for a first post, but I figured a recipe would go almost as well. This is my all time favorite pasta salad recipe and it's perfect for bento!

Feel free to add more or less veggies. I like lots of them so I usually use more than what the recipe calls for. You could also use other veggies like cauliflower or okra, really just anything that strikes your fancy. This is a very versatile recipe.

Be aware this makes a HUGE amount of pasta. Let me know how you like it!

Ranch Pasta Salad

1 box rotini pasta
1 packet Hidden Valley buttermilk ranch salad dressing mix
low fat buttermilk
Light mayonnaise (NOT MIRACLE WHIP!)
1/2 to 1 cup of broccoli
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 to 2 cucumbers
diced tomatoes (canned works fine or you can do cherry)
Regular Hidden Valley Ranch dressing in the bottle

Cook the pasta until soft/just a tad al dente.

While pasta is cooking, Mix the ranch packet with the buttermilk and mayo as directed on the back of the packet in small bowl and set aside.

Cut all veggies into bite size pieces. Be sure to remove all the seeds from the peppers, though!

Drain the pasta and run cold water over it to stop the pasta from cooking, drain off excess water.

In large bowl, mix ranch mix and veggies with pasta and then add about 1/2 cup or more of regular ranch until it is creamy looking.

Refrigerate several hours until cold (overnight is best) then add more regular ranch dressing if it looks like it has soaked up a lot and is no longer creamy.


x-posted to my_bento, bento_recipes, and eat_my_bento
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