Roma Recipes: Patriotic Pasta Salad

Roma 06.23


The Fourth of July is a holiday beloved by so many. Fireworks, family and friends, and, like many other holidays, an excuse to make (and more importantly, eat) extra-delicious foods. We love getting together to celebrate our love for this Nation and share dishes and memories. If you’re looking for a recipe that can accomplish all of the above, you’re in luck— read on for our recipe for Patriotic Pasta Salad (we promise everyone will love it!).



  • 1 lb. Pasta of choice (rotini or wheels work very well!)
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • 16 oz. fresh Mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 8 oz. fresh pepperoni, sliced or cubed
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz. artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 5 oz. sliced black olives
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ of a bottle of Italian dressing
  • Optional: One can of garbanzo beans



  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Allow to cool, then split into two batches and place in separate gallon-sized zip-lock bags.
  • Add 40 drops of red food coloring to one bag and 40 drops of blue to the other. Seal bags and squeeze/shake both well to distribute the coloring. Rinse contents of one bag at a time under cold water until water runs clear, then dry pasta with paper towels.
  • In a large bowl, combine pasta with all other ingredients. Mix well (but gently) and refrigerate in a covered container until ready to serve.


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