Three Cheers for Sweet Strawberry Pasta Salad...and giveaways!

You know how football food is all meaty, and spicy, and cheesy, and heavy?  Don't get me wrong...I've never met a Frito Chili Pie I didn't like, but what about adding something *sweet* to the mix?  How about Sweet Strawberry Pasta Salad?
pasta salad like you've never tasted...SWEET! ::: *sweet* strawberry pasta salad recipe + specialty pasta giveaway

How about making it with pasta in the shapes of your favorite sports team??!?
How FUN is that?!?  
specialty sports team, holiday, special occasion pastas (giveaway!)

OK...look.  I know, I know.  It's pumpkin season.  Believe me, I am all. about. the. pumpkin.  BUT.  It's still hot here.  And the strawberries?  They're still delicious.  I'll take them as long as I can get them.
{Someone is revoking my food blogger card as we speak.}

I'm so excited to share this recipe with you...and tell you about the company that makes this ADORABLE pasta:
specialty football team, holiday, special occasion pastas (giveaway!)
The Pasta Shoppe is a company out of Nashville, Tennessee and they make the cutest pastas ever.  (We're all about cute around here, right?)  Sports team pasta...that each come with a mix for a savory pasta salad, chicken soup kits with chicken shaped pasta (!!!), golf pasta, support our troops pasta, birthday pasta, holiday pasta.  If you can think of it, I bet they make it.

They also have a fundraising program.  Oh, what I wouldn't have given for kiddo to have sold this pasta instead of wrapping paper, magazines, and inedible pre-popped popcorn! Can you imagine how easy this would be to sell?  I think just about everyone loves pasta.  (They even offer gluten-free!)

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 If you went to OU like I did, are you squealing over that Sooner Schooner pasta right now?!?

{Scroll down past the recipe for more on the pasta giveaway.}

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Sweet pasta salad.  Maybe it sounds weird.  Trust me on this.  It is so incredibly yummy.  After I took the pictures, I stood in my kitchen eating it straight out of the big pasta bowl.  The dressing (cream, strawberries, vanilla, almond) tastes like strawberry ice cream.  You need to try it.  Promise.

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Sweet Strawberry Pasta Salad

1 (14 oz.) package pasta
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 TBSP powdered sugar
1 pint strawberries, sliced and divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup sweetened, flaked coconut, toasted
1/3 cup blanched, sliced almonds, toasted

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Cook the pasta according the package directions.  Drain.  Rinse with cold water and set aside.

In a blender, process the cream, sugar, 1 cup of the strawberries, vanilla, and almond extract until smooth and thickened.
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{I was so tempted to just slurp this up with a straw.}

Place the pasta in a large bowl; toss with the coconut and remaining strawberries.  Drizzle the dressing over the top and sprinkle on the almonds.  If extra dressing remains, serve it alongside the pasta salad.
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*giveaway closed* 
For the giveaway:  The Pasta Shoppe is giving away THREE pasta goodie boxes including the collegiate pasta of your choice + a selection of everyday/seasonal favorites!  Yay...three winners!

To enter, visit The Pasta Shoppe's website and leave a comment telling me one of the pastas you love.
For an extra entry, visit their fundraising page and let me know in a separate comment that you did.

Entries accepted through 11:59pm CST, September 29th.  Good luck! :)

Congrats to Bianca, Kayla and Amanda!!! 
*find The Pasta Shoppe on Facebook here.*

This post was sponsored by The Pasta Shoppe. My opinions are my own. I take full responsibility for my love of strawberries during pumpkin season.
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