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Hey again Recipe Critic readers! Chelsea back again from Chelsea’s Messy Apron with a quick pasta salad. This salad has plenty of zesty flavor, fresh cherry tomatoes and parsley, and other great flavors. My favorite part though? Definitely the curly noodles!

Zesty Parsley Tomato Pasta in a wood bowl.

This pasta dish can be ready in under 20 minutes, yep not kidding! Basically while the pasta is boiling, you just need to chop up a few ingredients and get them ready to stir in the pasta. Cherry tomatoes, I just halved and I roughly chopped the parsley leaves. Once the pasta is done cooking you will want to drain it and run it under cold water.

Running the pasta under cold water not only stops the noodles from cooking more, but it will also cool them down for the dressing to be added in. I used Zesty Italian dressing for this pasta. It adds so much flavor and I love it with the parsley and tomatoes.

Finally, I topped this salad with some freshly grated parmesan cheese. The parmesan cheese finishes this salad off perfectly!

Hope you all enjoy!

Zesty Tomato Pasta in a wooden bowl.


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Zesty Parsley Tomato Pasta

By: Chelsea Lords
This zesty parsley and tomato pasta dish is so simple: pasta tossed with fresh Parmesan cheese, doused in zesty Italian dressing and topped with cherry tomatoes and parsley. Only seven ingredients and one pot, and you are set for a fantastic meal.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings



  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in the pasta, and follow the package directions to cook the noodles.
  • While the noodles are cooking, cut up the tomatoes by halving or quartering them. Cut the parsley into small pieces.
  • Drain the noodles, and rinse them in cold water until they have cooled. Add in the minced garlic, crushed red pepper, and Italian dressing.
  • Mix in the Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and parsley.
  • Add salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 550kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 17gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 1060mgPotassium: 435mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 755IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 236mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Chelsea Lords

Chelsea is the blogger behind Chelsea's Messy Apron. She is always experimenting in the kitchen and making new things to eat. "Or I am in the kitchen eating. Both are good." She tries to eat a balanced diet of healthful foods, but she loves desserts. You will find most of her recipes are healthy and easy, but still taste great! She has found that eating is all about balance and she hopes that that is the case on her site!

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  1. Ohhhh— I know what I’m having for lunch today! So yummy and easy looking too, which is just the best! Pinned 🙂