Sunday, July 3, 2011

Pasta Salad

The Forgotten Pasta Salad.
This dish is something I ate at least a couple of times a week when I was young and stretching money.  It's also a dish that I had simply forgotten about.  I had forgotten how easy it is to make, how good it actually tastes, and how many flavors you can create by changing just one or two ingredients.  You can use just about any pasta you might like or have on hand.  For my salad on the right I cooked my pasta, drained it and while it was still hot I added a little butter.  To this I threw in a couple of chopped boiled eggs, black olives, diced dill pickles, one small can of drained tuna and just a little mayo.  Now how simple is that?  And cheap too because 1 cup of small pasta makes enough for 3-4 meals.  You can add pimentos for color and taste.  Change the pickles to sweet relish.  Top with some French fried onions just before eating.  Add some chopped onions and/or bell peppers.  Just go through your refrigerator and Think With Your Taste Buds while you create your own pasta salad.  Oh yeah, you can eliminate the mayo and use a little of your favorite salad dressing instead.  This is a great way to get kids to be creative by allowing them to help you come up with the ingredients.
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