easy spaghetti pasta salad with only four ingredients

Are you looking for an easy pasta salad for holidays, parties and potlucks on a regular basis?  Then you’ve got to try this Potluck Pasta Salad recipe.  This pasta salad is DELICIOUS!  People always ask for the recipe and it’s so easy we have it memorized!

pasta salad recipe for large crowds

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Easy Pasta Salad For Large Crowds

My first memory of this pasta salad was that my mom made several batches for my graduation party.  I’ve taken it to birthday parties, baptism meals, potlucks and other meals where there are large crowds several times.

This is an easy recipe that always gets lots of compliments, so that’s a winner in our book!

party food idea is easy pasta salad. great graduation party food, grill out side dish and potluck or carry in dish

Tips for Pasta Salad Success

My mom knows a lot of fun food tricks.  She taught me to cut a thin slice off the very bottom of the red pepper and use it as a garnish that looks like a flower.  This is such a fun way to dress up a vegetable tray, or any dish that calls for bell peppers.

I’ve been privy to hearing this tip several times – buy the Marzetti Slaw Dressing.  Don’t buy a cheaper brand and for heaven’s sake DON’T buy the lite version of the slaw dressing.  I hear it just doesn’t mix up quite right or stick to the pasta.

I always use my nice pasta serving spoon to mix and share this recipe.

This easy pasta salad recipe is made with spaghetti and is great for large crowds and parties. My mom makes this easy pasta salad all of the time and everyone asks for the recipe!

Here are a couple other our family favorite side dish recipes Farmhouse Potato Salad and this easy Vegetable Tray.  We hope you enjoy these excellent side dishes as much as we do!

Printable Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

Potluck Pasta Salad

My mom makes this easy pasta salad for parties and potlucks on a regular basis.  This pasta salad is DELICIOUS!  People always ask for the recipe and it's so easy she has it memorized!


  • 16 ounces angel hair pasta cooked
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1 jar Marzetti Slaw Dressing
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped, optional


  1. Cook angel hair pasta according to directions on the package.  Rinse pasta with cold water.  Drain well.

  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  

  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.  Store in the refrigerator.  

Shared on: Meal Plan Monday #129

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4 thoughts on “Potluck Pasta Salad”

    1. I just defrost the bag for about 30 minutes while I’m cooking the pasta, but you can add straight from the freezer. It’s super easy!

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