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Family Pasta Salad

Contributed by: NAPSA

(NAPSA) - Let's face it, people love to eat. Many major events in life involve food: wedding banquets, baby showers and anniversary dinners to name just a few. When we spend time with family and friends, it's natural to enjoy a meal together.

When you're joining friends for dinner, you may want to bring a dish to share. Even if you don't cook often, it's possible to bring something impressive. Easy, homemade recipes, like those developed by The Pampered Chef, look elegant and taste great, yet are simple to prepare.


  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked cavatappi pasta
  • 1 package (8 ounces) mild cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 container (8 ounces) plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


Cook pasta according to package directions in Professional (8-qt.) Stockpot; drain using large Colander.

Meanwhile, cut cheese into 1/2-inch cubes using Crinkle Cutter.

Place frozen peas in small Colander and rinse under cold running water to thaw; drain. Slice celery using Chef's Knife. Finely chop onion using Food Chopper. Grate carrot using Deluxe Cheese Grater fitted with coarse grating drum.

Place pasta in large Colander Bowl. Add cheese cubes, peas, celery, onion and carrot; mix gently using Mix 'N Scraper.

Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, salt and black pepper in Small Batter Bowl; stir into pasta mixture. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

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Serving Size: Makes 16 servings

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