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Seven layer Holiday Pasta Salad

New Year's Eve and good friends are coming into town. Time for relaxing, staying out of the kitchen and sharing highlights of the year. Here is a dish that serves well, is pretty and can be a side for anything that fits your fancy! Make it at least 8 hours ahead so that it can chill, and the flavors blend.

Seven layer Holiday Pasta Salad
Prep time 30

2 c. (4 oz) uncooked farfalle (bow tie) pasta
2 c. broccoli flowerets
2 medium tomatoes, chopped (1 1/2 c.)
1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped (1 c.)
1/3 diced red onion
1 c. mayonnaise
1/2 cup yogurt
2 T. sugar (or Splenda)
1 1/2 c shredded Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
1 T crispy bacon pieces
2 T finely chopped fresh parsley or 1 T dried

1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Place broccoli in boiling water, cover and cook 1 minute. Drain. Immediately rinse with cold water; drain.
2. While pasta is cooking, layer tomatoes, broccoli, bell pepper and onion in 2 qt. glass serving bowl.
3. Mix Mayonnaise, yogurt sugar in medium bowl. Add Pasta. layer pasta evenly over onion in serving bowl.
4. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with bacon pieces and parsley. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving but no longer than 24 hours.
Serves 8.

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