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Best Macaroni Salad

Best Macaroni Salad

Best Macaroni Salad
 
Easy and delicious, this macaroni salad will become a staple at get-togethers.
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 oz.) package macaroni
  • ½ c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. cucumber - peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 1 c. diced ham
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until al dente; rinse under cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta and mayonnaise; mix well.
  3. Stir in cucumber, onion, ham and cheese. Mix well. Drizzle oil and vinegar over top and toss. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

 

Recipe Source:  AllRecipes.com

Photo Source:  ozmafan / CC

Cheesy Barbecue Beef Rigatoni

Cheesy Barbecue Beef Rigatoni

Cheesy Barbecue Beef Rigatoni
 
Progresso Recipe Starters adds a wonderful flavor to this ground beef and pasta meal.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups uncooked rigatoni or ziti pasta (9 oz)
  • 1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • ½ cup sliced green onions (8 medium)
  • 1 can (18 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy three cheese cooking sauce
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce*
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
Instructions
  1. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook beef and green onions over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
  3. Stir in pasta, cooking sauce and barbecue sauce. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

Recipe Source: BettyCrocker.com

Photo Credit: queennepy / CC

 

Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara
 
This delightful pasta carbonara is quick and easy to make, so you can whip it up any night of the week.
Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked mostaccioli
  • 8 strips of bacon, diced
  • 1 can cut green beans, drained
  • ¾ c. half-and-half cream
  • ⅓ c. butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
Instructions
  1. Cook mostaccioli according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, fry bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain.
  3. Brown mushrooms in drippings; remove to paper towels. Drain drippings from pan.
  4. Add the cream, butter, parsley, garlic and salt to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted, stirring constantly.
  5. Drain mostaccioli and add to cream mixture. Stir in the bacon, mushrooms, green beans and cheese; heat through.
  6. Remove from heat and sprinkle with green onions.

Recipe adapted from: Taste Of Home

Baked Penne Pasta

Baked Penne Pasta

Baked Penne Pasta
 
Quick and easy to make, this baked penne pasta recipe will become a family favorite the first time you make it.
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. ground beef
  • ½ c. chopped onion
  • ½ c. chopped green pepper
  • 1 24 oz. can or jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 10 oz. tub Philadelphia Italian Cheese & Herb Cooking Creme
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 3 c. cooked penne pasta (2 c. uncooked)
Instructions
  1. Heat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown meat with onions and green peppers in skillet. Drain fat. Stir in spaghetti sauce, ¾ cup cooking creme and ½ cup mozzarella cheese.
  3. Add pasta and toss until well mixed. Spoon into 2 qt. casserole dish. Top with remaining cooking creme and mozzarella.
  4. Cover and bake 15 minutes. Uncover and cook for 5 minutes more, or until heated through.
Notes
I omitted the green peppers (my family doesn't like them) and used spaghetti sauce with mushrooms. I served this with garlic bread and a tossed salad. It makes 6-8 servings.

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