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Pasta Salad (literally)

Pasta + Salad = Pasta Salad (quite literally!). Combining pasta with your favorite salad makes it more filling and stretches those expensive greens!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Total Cost: $7.67 recipe / $1.27 serving
Servings: 6


  • 5 oz bag spring mix/baby greens $2.00
  • 6 oz wide egg noodles "dumplings" $0.78
  • 1 can artichoke hearts in water, not oil $2.09
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes $1.98
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing $0.45
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan $0.31


  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and cook the egg noodles according to the package directions (boil for 5-10 minutes). When they are done, drain them in a colander.
  • While the pasta cooks, empty the bag of spring mix into a large bowl. Drain and roughly chop the artichoke hearts and add them to the bowl. Wash and slice the grape tomatoes in half then add to the bowl.
  • At this point the pasta should be done cooking and draining. Shake the colander a bit to make sure all excess water has dripped away. Add the pasta, italian dressing and Parmesan cheese to the bowl.
  • Mix well and serve! I love how the warm pasta juxtaposes the cool vegetables in this dish. It is fantastic when served immediately. I ate leftovers of it today at lunch and microwaved it for 30 seconds or so. It was still lovely even though the greens wilted just a bit!