How fun are these little guys?! I was looking for a twist on pasta salad and I ran across the idea of a salad stuffed into a large pasta shell. Instead of using traditional salad components, I used items I like to put into pasta salad. There is no real recipe to this, it is more a concept..but here is what I used:
Inspired by Betty Crocker
large cooked pasta shells
chopped fresh spinach
sliced black and green olives
shredded Italian blend cheese
Italian salad dressing
Mix together all your ingredients and stuff into pasta shells...that is it!
Some tips: Make sure your filling ingredients are chopped into small pieces. The pasta shells can be cooked ahead and refrigerated. Cook as directed on package; drain, rinse under cold water and drain again. Toss with a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Refrigerate in a tightly covered container or resealable plastic food-storage bag up to 2 to 3 days.
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