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Classic Creamy Pasta Salad

This Classic Creamy Pasta Salad is such a flavorful side dish. Creamy dressing and crispy diced vegetables mixed with elbow pasta make it oh so delicious.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy pasta salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 361kcal
Author Dina from SimplyHomeCooked.com


Creamy dressing

Pasta and vegetables

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup red onion (about a quarter of a large onion)
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 red bell pepper


Make the dressing

  • Start off by making the creamy salad dressing. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. 

Chop the veggies

  • Then dice up the red onion, celery, and bell pepper. You can speed the process up by using a vegetable chopper.
  • Now cook the pasta according to the package or al dente. Once the pasta is cooked, pour out into a colander and quickly rinse it with cold water to stop the cooking process. 

Combine everything with the cooked pasta

  • Then add the pasta, chopped vegetables, and creamy dressing into a large bowl and toss to combine. Here you can add additional salt according to your liking. Serve chilled.


How to store it
Store this creamy pasta salad in the refrigerator in an airtight container, or in a bowl with plastic wrap pressed right down against the noodles to keep air out. Toss and serve when you're ready. It will last for 3-4 days.
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Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 495IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg