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The Best Creamy Pasta Salad

This is The BEST Creamy Pasta Salad you will ever make, promise. Thanks to one secret ingredient, this classic creamy pasta salad is infinitely more flavorful thank most recipes you'll find.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta salad, creamy pasta salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 side servings
Calories 292kcal
Author Nicole
Cost $15


  • large pot
  • Mixing bowl


  • 1 lb rotini pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups light mayo
  • 1 1/2 tbsp beef bouillon paste If you use beef boullion cubes, dissolve the cubes in 2 tablespoons hot milk or buttermilk before mixing
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, possibly more for thinning out
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 4 cups halved cherry tomatoes


  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season with salt. Add the pasta and give it a stir. Cook until aldente (it should have a slight bite to it). Drain and rinse under cold water until chilled.
  • Add mayo and beef bouillon to a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add the sour cream, buttermilk, vinegar, and salt. Whisk until smooth. Add the pasta. Toss until completely coated. If needed, add a little bit of buttermilk to thin the dressing out. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add in peppers, red onion, and tomatoes. Toss. Again, season with salt and pepper. Serve right away or chill until read to serve. If you do chill it, before serving, give it a stir, if needed, add a little bit of buttermilk to thin out the dressing as needed.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 937IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg