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Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe

Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe is a simple summer dinner.

Summer is the perfect time to make a main dish pasta salad. They are easy to make, can be made ahead, and the leftovers work great for lunches during the week.

I recently made three salads for a lunch meeting at my husband’s office. All three salads, including this one, were a a hit with the staff.

Italian Spaghetti Salad

I have made variations of this salad for years. The original recipe is an old Taste of Home recipe. I usually vary the recipe depending on what I have on hand. Most of the time I use penne pasta, but the original recipe uses spaghetti and that is what I used when I made it for the staff lunch.

One of the best things about pasta salad is that it can be changed up with what you have on hand, what is in season, and what you like.

For this one I used spaghetti, two kinds of meat, two kinds of cheese, peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It was delicious.

I also took my spinach salad, which I added chicken to in order to make it more of a main dish salad. I took my broccoli bacon salad and a new brownie recipe that I will share soon.

Now for the Italian Spaghetti Salad Recipe. If you love pasta salad this is a must make for summer!

Italian Spaghetti Salad

Italian Spaghetti Salad

A quick and easy dinner perfect for summer. The leftovers make a great lunch.

Servings: 6 people
Author: Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces spaghetti I use gluten free spaghetti
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and diced, I also usually peel mine
  • 1 red, yellow, or orange peppers, diced
  • 1 cup sliced olives or about 1 cup it doesn't have to be exact
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni, cut into pieces you can use more if you like
  • 4 ounces sliced salami, cut into pieces you can use more meat if you like
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into chunks you can also use shredded, but we prefer chunks
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti according to directions. Drain and place in a large bowl. 

  2. Add Italian dressing and stir to coat pasta well. 

  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir just until ingredients are combined. 

  4. Refrigerate for several hours before serving. 

 

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Menu Plan

Oven Omelet

This week’s menu plan is full of quick and easy recipes. It also includes several recipes that make great freezer meals. Here is this week’s plan.

Breakfast

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

Microwave Omelet

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins – These freeze great so make a big batch

Dinner

Fajita Salad

Fajita Salad

Oven Omelet

Oven Omelet 

Summer Pasta Salad

5 ingredient freezer burritos

Freezer Burritos

Four Ingredient Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken– Make a large batch and freeze for using in salads etc.

Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Sandwiches

Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Sandwiches

Dessert of the Week

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

gluten free dairy free banana bread

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure that they ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Gluten Free Pancake Mix Recipe

Gluten Free Pancakes using Homemade Gluten Free Pancake Mix

gluten free dairy free banana bread

Gluten Free Dairy Free Banana Bread and eggs

Dinner

Breakfast Quesadillas

Breakfast for Dinner- Breakfast Quesadillas using gluten free or corn tortillas

Apple Chicken Salad

Apple Chicken Salad

gluten free macaroni and cheese

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese

Ground Beef Fajita Bowls

Ground Beef Fajita Bowls

pan cooked salmon with cilantro lime rice

Salmon with Cilantro Lime Rice

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Flourless Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

Flourless Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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Tuna Melt Quesadilla

Tuna Melt Quesadilla

My son loves tuna melts. Loves them. They were one of the first things I taught him how to cook on his own. And he makes them for himself all the time.

They make a great meal for him because they are quick and easy to make for lunch or dinner.

We recently started changing up the basic tuna melt though and turned it into a tuna melt quesadilla. It was a fun way to change up tuna melts. I actually think I might like them a little better this way.

Tuna Melt Quesadilla

I almost didn’t share this recipe because it is not really much of a recipe. It is also far from original, but it makes such a great quick and easy lunch or dinner that I knew I had to share it. Especially since quesadillas make a simple summer dinner that doesn’t heat up the house!

It is also a great meal to teach your kids how to cook. Quesadillas are so easy to make and can be changed up in so many ways.

If your kid or teen can make a quesadilla they can easily change them up for all kinds of different meals. Breakfast quesadillas, taco quesadillas, and a simple cheese quesadilla, are all easy to make.

The ingredients for quesadillas, especially tuna melt quesadillas, are also something that I almost always have on hand. Tortillas, cheese, and tuna are things I usually keep in the fridge and pantry.

These are also easy to make gluten free with gluten free tortillas. So they make a great quick and easy gluten free lunch or dinner!

Tuna Melt Quesadilla

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Tuna Melt Quesadilla
Tuna Melt Quesadilla

Quick and easy lunch or dinner! 

Course: Main Course
Author: Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
Ingredients
  • 1 6.4 ounce tuna pouch You can also use canned tuna, but we like the pouches
  • 2 tablespoons relish
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
  • 4 tortillas
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix together tuna, relish, mayonnaise, and cheese. Mix well. 

  2. Heat a non stick pan or griddle. Heat to medium low temperature. 

  3. Place two tortillas in pan or on griddle. Divide tuna mixture between two tortillas, Spread evenly over tortillas and top with remaining two tortillas.

  4. Cook for about two minutes or until tortilla starts to brown. Flip tortillas and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes or until tortilla is browned and the filling is heated and cheese has melted. 

  5. Cut into pieces and serve. 

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Fajita Salad

Fajita Salad

It is summer. That means it is the best time of year to serve salad for dinner. If your family is anything like my family they don’t want a wimpy salad for dinner. If I am going to serve salad as a main dish it needs to be hearty and filling.

This fajita salad is just that. Not only is it delicious, it is a filling main dish salad.

Fajita salad is just what it sounds like. It is all the flavors of fajitas in the form of a salad.

Fajita Salad

This version of fajita salad uses ground beef. Ground beef is not the typical meat that you use for fajitas, but for this salad I was looking for a salad similar to a taco salad. The ground beef did just that.

Ground beef is also something that I almost always have on hand in the freezer, so this is a salad that I can make anytime.

I serve this with a homemade salad dressing, but you can serve this with whatever dressing or toppings that you want.

Fajita Salad

Fajita Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

All the flavors of fajitas in this delicious main dish salad. 

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Author: Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2-3 green yellow, orange, bell peppers sliced
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced
  • Lettuce
  • cheese etc for serving
Dressing
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pan or cast iron skillet. Once pan is hot add onion and cook over medium heat until tender and slightly browned. This takes about 5 minutes.
  2. Add peppers and cook 3-4 minutes or until slightly tender. Remove peppers and onions from the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet cook beef until browned and done. Drain off any fat.
  4. Add spices to the meat and stir well.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together dressing ingredients.
  6. Serve meat, peppers and onions, over lettuce with dressing.

 

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Menu Plan

Easy Pasta Sauce

Summer weather means that I turn on my oven less and use my slow cooker, Instant Pot, and grill a lot more. I have no desire to heat up the house when the weather is 90+ degrees out. So this week’s menu plan is full of recipes that are quick and easy to make and that won’t heat up your house.

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Dinner

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Eggs and Rice

Eggs and Rice– Breakfast for dinner

Apple Chicken Salad

Apple Chicken Salad

Easy Pasta Sauce

Easy Pasta Sauce 

Enchilada Rice

Dessert of the Week

Coconut Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Coconut No Bake Cookies

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Pizza Salad

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast 

Bacon Cheese Microwave Omelet 

Gluten Free Oven Pancake

Flourless Chocolate Muffins

Flourless Chocolate Muffins

Dinner

pan cooked salmon with cilantro lime rice

Salmon with Cilantro Lime Rice

Eggs and Soy Sauce over Quinoa– Use gluten free soy sauce

Cheesy Fajita Chicken

Cheesy Fajita Chicken 

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables –Use gluten free pasta

Pizza Salad

Pizza Salad

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies 

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Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Sandwiches

Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Sandwiches

A few weeks ago I shared eight simple sheet pan dinners. One of the recipes I linked to was for a simple sheet pan sausage and pepper sandwich.

It looked so good that I knew I needed to try it. So today I am sharing my version of that same basic recipe. I changed it up slightly, but not much. I basically made mine with more meat. In fact, I doubled the meat. But you don’t have to do that.

This recipe is just a basic idea. You can easily add more or less meat or onions and peppers to this and it will still be delicious.

Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Sandwiches

Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Sandwiches
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Sandwiches is an easy and delicious dinner. 

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Author: Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds uncooked Italian sausage, I like to cut it up into pieces I like to use turkey sausage
  • 4 peppers, yellow, orange, red, or green sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 hot dog or hamburger buns
  • 6 slices provolone, mozzarella, or other cheese of choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. 


  2. Place sausages, peppers, and onions on sheet pan. 

  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring part way through cooking time. Cook until meat is done and onions and peppers are tender. 

  4. Serve on buns with cheese. (If desired you can place cheese on buns and toast in oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese and toast the bread.)

Recipe Notes

For a gluten free version I serve on gluten free buns or eat without buns. 

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Menu Plan

Vanilla Wafer Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have seen that I have been sick.  I will spare you the details, but let’s just say the last two weeks have not been fun, and I am slowly easing my way into eating real food again.

Nothing makes you appreciate good health, good food, and modern medicine quite like being extremely sick and unable to eat or do much. Thankfully I am feeling much better and am almost back to normal. 

My kids have pretty much taken over life in the kitchen the last two weeks. I have done a few things, but when you can’t eat much you don’t really feel like being around food. The advantage to having teens is that they can pretty much take over and do what needs done.

Here is this week’s plan.

Breakfast

Crispy Homemade Granola

Eggs and Sausage

Dinner

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Ground Beef Fajita Bowls

Ground Beef Fajita Bowls

15 Minute Sausage Alfredo

Light and Fluffy Waffles

Breakfast for Dinner- Light and Fluffy Waffles or Gluten Free Waffles

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs and Spinach Salad

Dessert of the Week

Vanilla Wafer Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Apple Chicken Salad

Here is the gluten free men plan for the week. I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but please read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Gluten Free Overnight Belgian Waffles

Gluten Free Overnight Waffles

Strawberries and Cream Baked Oatmeal- Use gluten free oats

fluffy gluten free pancakes

Gluten Free Pancakes

Dinner

Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken 

Apple Chicken Salad

Apple Chicken Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

Bacon Salmon

Bacon Salmon

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Tortilla Pizza

Tortilla Pizza– Use gluten free tortillas

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

No Bake Honey Cheesecake

No Bake Honey Cheesecake – Use a gluten free crust or make it crustless

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