Kraft’s Italian Pasta Salad Copycat Recipe

This is a copycat recipe for the discontinued Kraft’s Italian Pasta Salad boxed meal that used to be sold in stores made with tri-color rotini, Zesty Italian dressing, Italian seasoning, garlic, and onion powder, and topped with Parmesan cheese.

Kraft's Italian Pasta Salad Copycat Recipe

For the Love of Pasta Salad

Can we talk for a second about how much I love pasta salad?

Kraft’s Italian Pasta Salad was one of my favorite go-to’s for work potlucks and summer BBQs with friends.

It’s the perfect side dish for Memorial Day or the 4th of July. Heck, I have also made it for dinner once in a while for us. (I’m a carb lover!)

Discontinued Kraft Classic Italian Pasta Salad Box

Once I started seeing these boxes disappear from the shelves I tried to stock up, but it was already too late.

Other boxed brands sold in groceries never tasted the same and often called for oil to be mixed with the pasta. I already have my carbs, don’t add the oil too!

What makes this recipe different than other Italian pasta salad recipes?

In my search for a copycat recipe, I never saw one that included the seasoning packets that Kraft included with their box mix.

Other recipes simply had the Italian dressing, but no seasoning or spices were added. Kraft’s version packed a punch of flavor and I sought out to recreate it.

Kraft's Italian Pasta Salad Copycat Recipe

This recipe is a very basic version of Kraft’s Italian Pasta Salad, but the small pieces of dried olives, red bell peppers, and zucchini can be added.

One of the things about pasta salad I love is that it is so versatile. You can add veggies, cheeses, meats, or change up the dressing altogether.

Some of my other favorite pasta salads are very different from this recipe. Like Mediterranean tortellini pasta salad, chicken caesar pasta salad, deviled egg pasta salad, and dill pickle pasta salad.

Try them, you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients for Kraft’s Italian Pasta Salad Copycat Recipe

  • Tri-Color Rotini
  • Kraft’s Zesty Italian Dressing
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Sweet Basil
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
Kraft's Italian Pasta Salad Copycat Recipe

Substitutions and Add-ins

  • Rotini, Penne, or Tortellini
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Red Peppers
  • Mini Pepperonis
  • Pepperidge Farm’s Mini Parmesan Croutons (a personal favorite)
  • Sliced Onion
  • Sliced Carrots
  • Mozzarella Cubes
  • Colby Jack Cubes
  • Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • Green or Black Olives
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber

Make-Ahead

It can be made the day before just keep the noodles refrigerated, but I recommend not adding the Zesty Italian dressing until an hour before you are ready to serve.

I have found that as the noodles sit in the fridge with dressing it tends to dry out and needs more added to it the next time you eat it anyway.

Kraft's Italian Pasta Salad Copycat Recipe
How I customize my pasta salad. Yum!
Kraft's Italian Pasta Salad Copycat Recipe

Kraft’s Italian Pasta Salad Copycat Recipe

Tiffany
This is a copycat recipe for the discontinued Kraft’s Italian Pasta Salad boxed meal that used to be sold in stores. It's made with tri-color rotini, Zesty Italian dressing, Italian seasoning, garlic, and onion powder, and topped with Parmesan cheese.
4.28 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Italian, American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Tri-Color Rotini
  • ½ cup Kraft’s Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Sweet Basil
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese

Add-ins:

  • Sliced Olives
  • Cubed Colby Jack Cheese
  • Mini Pepperoni
  • Sliced Green Pepper
  • Sliced Onion
  • Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
  • Mini Croutons

Instructions
 

  • Cook rotini according to directions on box for al dente, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain pasta in colander and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add Italian dressing and stir. Add in seasonings and toss to coat the pasta. Sprinkle grated Parmesan on top. Customize with any additional meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 316mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g

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