Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain well and spread on an oiled baking sheet to cool. (Don't worry if pasta sticks together. It will come apart when mixed with oil.)
Transfer cooled pasta to a large bowl and stir in oil. Add vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, bocconcini, pepperoni, basil and oregano. Toss well and season with salt and pepper.
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I made this for our block party and it was a huge success. I altered the recipe a bit. First instead of using fresh basil I used basil paste (a couple of generous squirts) and about 1/2 T of dried oregano. To make sure the herbs were dispersed well, I whisked them into the olive oil so there was less sticking onto the pasta. I also added sliced black olives. More is better as far as pepperoni, SD tomatoes, and artichoke hearts! I will make this again very soon.
I have made this several times for different gatherings and everyone has seemed to enjoy it. I did make some modifications to the original recipe many of which are listed by others: Whole Wheat Pasta, 1/2 & 1/2 salami and pepperoni. I omitted the olive oil, vinegar and sun dried tomatoes. Instead I drain a large jar of marinated artichoke hearts and use the liquid to toss the pasta in when it finishes cooking. If the pasta is a little dry then I add a little olive oil. Occassionally I add a handful of pepperocini or kalamata olives.
Great recipe for a party. I doubled the size for our daughter's 8th grade graduation party. Her friends and ours all really enjoyed. I used dried Italian salami instead of the pepperoni and added chopped red bell pepper for more color.
My entire family loved this pasta salad; I will definitely make it again! This salad would be great for an everyday dish but is definitely unique enough to be worthy of a special occasion. I used half pepperoni and half salami and I used dried oregano instead of fresh. I took this pasta salad to a July 4th meal. We had hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, fresh fruit and Revel bars with the pasta salad. I would allow more than 15 minutes for prep time. Otherwise, a simple and delicious salad.
I made this for our family's Potluck/BBQ. It is really good. I used whole wheat penne pasta to increase the fiber/nutrition. I also used salami and pepperoni. It makes a lot and everybody enjoyed it, even my 3 year old niece asked for more. It only took about 30 minutes to make. My only complaint is that it cost me about $25 to make the first time and about $15 to make each time after that.
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