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Easy 20 Minute Pasta Recipe – Summer Pastabilities Recipe

I think we can all agree here that I am not one to spend more than a half hour in the kitchen making any type of meal. I am, however, big on not eating a lot of convenience foods so when I cook (and yes, I do cook every day), I make it quick, I make it easy and I make it tasty. Here’s my recipe for an easy 20-minute pasta salad that always gets us through a busy weekend lunch. What I like most about this recipe is that the tomato can be switched out for just about any vegetable… broccolini, zucchini, artichoke, etc.

Serves 6 to 8
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Cookware: pot, large bowl, colander

1 (12-ounce) package Hodgson Mill whole wheat medium shells pasta
1 can (14.5 oz.) Diced Tomatoes – Italian Style, drained
1 small can (2.25 oz) Sliced Black Olives, drained
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus 2 tbsp. for garnish
2 tbsp. Minced Garlic
2 Garden Veggie Patties
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Cook medium shells according to package directions.

2. Add drained diced tomatoes, sliced black olives, Parmesan cheese and minced garlic into a large bowl.

3. When pasta is done cooking, drain and add to large bowl. Stir to combine.

4. Heat up garden veggie patties according to package directions. Dice into cubes. Stir gently into large bowl and toss with extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

5. Serve at room temperature.

This is not a sponsored post. I was given the challenge to create a pasta dish using Hodgson Mill pasta for a chance to win a prize. All thoughts, opinions and recipe remain my own.

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages LivingMiVidaLoca.com. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.



  1. Ruby

    June 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Looks tasty! I love pasta and u can never go wrong with olives and cheese nom nom nom thanks!

  2. independent mami

    June 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I like how easy this was to make. I think I am goign to try it.

  3. Comiendo en LA

    June 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Love easy recipes like this one! And I love pasta!

  4. Rachel

    June 27, 2012 at 1:09 am

    I love pasta salads! This one looks especially delish!

  5. Sujeiry

    June 27, 2012 at 1:51 am

    I also love pasta. I love it even more that it only takes 20 minutes! My kind of cooking lol.

  6. Maria Amelia

    June 27, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Mmmm. Quick, summery and healthy. Perfect for those summer afternoons when you are tired from chauffeuring your kids around town!

  7. Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™

    June 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I stopped eating pasta on a regular basis b/c of the high level of carbs and my minimal working out, but I love the idea of those ingredients. Love me some minced garlic from a jar!

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