Italian Pasta Salad

  • 16 oz. Rotini pasta
  • 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1 C. Italian dressing
  • 2 Tbs. dried basil
  • 2 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 1 C. sliced mushrooms
  • 5 Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 1/4 sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 large cucumber, coarsely chopped

Cook and drain pasta, rinse with cold water. Mix tomato sauce, dressing, basil, and oregano. Add remaining ingredients and toss.

When it comes to beverages, what you need to decide first off is whether you are supplying all the beverages or if you are asking your guests to bring something.

Once this is decided, make sure there is enough pop (diet and regular), water, beer and wine to go around.

Most importantly, right before you get to the picnic site, go to a nearby gas station and stock up on plenty of ice to keep all your beverages and food (if needed to be refrigerated) cold.

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