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Copycat Supreme Pasta Salad

Patricia Reitz

This is my take on a famous "brand name recipe" from years ago.  A coworker's wife would send a giant bowl of it to our office parties and it was always the first thing to disappear from the table.  She always made it with spaghetti, but feel free to use any pasta you like.  This recipe is great for picnics and it keeps well for several days in the fridge so you can easily make it ahead.

Start by making the seasoning mixture by combining romano cheese, sesame seeds, paprika, kosher salt, celery seed, poppy seeds, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.  

Note:  the cheese should be ground.  If your cheese is grated, process it in a mini food processor until it resembles coarse meal.


Have all the other ingredients ready to go - this recipe is a simple dump and mix together kind of thing.  The pasta should be cooked, rinsed with cold water, and drained - the veggies should be chopped - and the dressing can be bottled, homemade, or mixed from a packed (that's what I did - Good Seasons Zesty Italian made with red wine vinegar).


Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the pasta (cooked, rinsed with cold water, and drained), then add the veggies and dressing.  Toss well and serve cold.


Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Items used to make this recipe:

Copycat Supreme Pasta Salad

makes 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup ground romano cheese (or parmesan)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon celery seed

  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 pound pasta, cooked, rinsed with cold water, and drained

  • 1 cup diced green bell peppers

  • 1 cup diced cucumbers

  • 2 cups diced ripe tomatoes

  • 8 ounces italian salad dressing


  1. In a small mixing bowl, make the seasoning mixture by combining the first 9 ingredients together.

  2. In a very large mixing bowl, sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the cooked and cooled pasta; add the remaining ingredients and stir well.

Hot Ume Somen Noodle Bowls

Patricia Reitz

Hot Ume Somen Noodle Bowls - ButterYum

Hot Ume Somen Noodle Bowls - ButterYum

When one of my daughters visited Japan, she brought home a package of pink noodles (ume somen).  The noodles get their lovely color from plums and they have a delicately sweet flavor.  The noodles are hard to find in the US, but if you come across them, do yourself a favor and grab several packages.  If you can't find them, you can make the same tasty dish by substituting white somen or buckwheat soba noodles. 

If you're interested in seeing how these noodles are traditionally used, check out my recipe for cold ume somen with spicy dressing.

For this recipe we'll need the noodles, edamame (soy beans), instant dashi granules, shredded crab meat, salt, and scallions.

Cook the noodles in boiling salted water - they don't take very long to cook so keep a close eye on them.  3-5 minutes is all it takes.

Drain and rinse to stop the cooking process. 

Although the leftover cooking water is a lovely pink color, discard it and fill the same pan with 4 cups of fresh cold water.

Add instant dashi granules to taste - they are VERY STRONG so start with 1/4 teaspoon and add more if needed.

Stir and bring to a simmer.

how to make hot ume somen noodle bowls - recipe and how-to photos

Ladle hot dashi broth into bowls and divide remaining ingredients between the bowls.

Hot Ume Somen Noodle Bowls

makes 2 servings

Printable Recipe


  • 8 ounces Ume Somen (plum noodles) or other noodles
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • instant dashi granules
  • 8 crab sticks, shredded
  • 1 cup cooked, shelled edamame
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. In a large pot, 8 cups of water to a boil; add salt and stir to dissolve.
  2. Cook noodles in boiling water, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes until soft, but not mushy.
  3. Drain noodles and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process; set aside
  4. Discard the water used to cook the noodles.
  5. In the same large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  6. Add instant dashi granules to taste (I start with about 1/4 teaspoon or so).
  7. Ladel hot dashi into soup bowls.
  8. Add noodles, crab, and edamame to the bowls; sprinkle with sliced scallions.  


Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Patricia Reitz

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce - ButterYum

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce - ButterYum

This roasted red pepper sauce with garlic and romano cheese is absolutely amazing!  Roasting the peppers intensifies their flavor and if a little of the charred skin gets mixed into the final sauce, all the better.  This is the perfect way to use up sweet bell peppers that are a little past their prime.  Let me walk you through the process.

Start by roasting the peppers.  I like to roast whole peppers over an open flame on the stovetop or barbeque grill.  Another method that works well is to cut out the stem and seeds, then cut the peppers so they will lay flat on a foil-lined sheet pan (skin side up) and pop them under the broiler until the skin blisters and bubbles and turns black.

now that the peppers are charred, here's what to do next.

Place the blackened peppers in a bowl.

Cover well with plastic so the peppers can steam, which will loosen the skin.  Allow them to cool completely.  This can be done a day or two ahead of time - just pop the covered bowl into the fridge.

This is what my peppers looked like after spending the night in the fridge.  See all the liquid in the bottom of the bowl?  It's absolutely full of flavor, so I'm definitely not going to throw it away.  

Note:  You may not see that much liquid if you use your roasted peppers right away.

Strain and reserve any juices that may collect in the bowl.

Ok, now it's time to get a little messy.  I like to use a paper towel to pull the charred skin off the peppers.  I've also used a spoon or butter knife to scrape it away.  One word of caution - do not rinse the peppers under running water.  It will wash all that wonderful flavor away.  

how to roast peppers, and what to do with the.

The charred skin will remove quite easily.  Don't worry if some charred bits remain - they will add a lovely flavor to the sauce.

It's hard to believe that under that black blistered jacket, a vibrantly luscious pepper awaits. 

I told you we were going to get a little messy, but as soon as you taste this sauce you'll know it was oh so worth it!! 

remove stem and seeds from roasted red peppers, then make this

Now that we've removed the charred skin, it's time to remove the stem and seeds.  The peppers are so soft, you can literally pull the stem and seeds right out. 

roasted pepper sauce recipe

Now roughly chop the lovely roasted peppers and set them aside until needed.  Make sure you do this before you proceed with the recipe so you can add them to the pan at exactly the right moment.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute garlic in olive oil.


Stir constantly for 30-60 seconds - being careful to not burn the garlic.  As soon as you can smell the garlic, add the chopped peppers.

how to make roasted red pepper sauce - lots of photos


Sprinkle in the salt and pepper.

roasted red pepper sauce recipe

And a pat of butter.  Butter makes everything better. 

how to make roasted red pepper sauce

And here's where the sauce gets real good - add fresh basil, the best herb on earth! 

recipe with photos for making roasted red pepper sauce

Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.  

I wish every person reading this could smell the lovely aroma wafting out of my skillet.  I promise you would head straight into the kitchen to make this sauce. 

roasted pepper sauce recipe

Place the entire contents of the pan into a blender.  Get every last drop!

Oh, and don't forget to add the strained pepper juice too.  

Add grated romano cheese.  You could also use parmesan, but romano has a little more flavor.

And a.dd a touch of cream. 

Pulse, pulse, pulse to blend. 

Don't blend it too much - it's nice if the sauce retains some texture.


Serve over pasta.  I hope you are starving, because you're going to want seconds for sure.  Enjoy! 

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

makes enough sauce to dress 1 pound pasta

Printable Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 roasted red bell peppers, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped (reserve juices)
  • 10-12 medium fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3/4 ounce romano cheese, grated 
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and stir constantly for 30-60 seconds.
  3. Add chopped red peppers, basil, salt, pepper, and butter; cook, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. 
  4. Remove mixture from heat and place pepper mixture, cheese, and cream in a blender; pulse until blended, but still a little chunky.
  5. Serve over cooked pasta.