Thursday, August 18, 2011
54. Tuna Pasta Salad
We eat a lot of food in my family. Especially in the summer. My teenagers are growing and always hungry, the 4 yo thinks she needs to eat when they do and my hubby and I both work from home. That is five mouths, 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. Like I said, we eat a lot of food.
It's tough at times trying to find things to stock the refrigerator that are new and not a sandwich. Although my kids love their ham sandwiches, variety is the key to enjoying and having a well rounded love of food. With this in mind, I try to keep pasta salad stocked at all times. We love pasta and by changing the dressing and ingredients, your possibilities are endless.
This tuna pasta salad is one of our favorites. In fact, I grew up eating this type of salad. It reminds me of my time in high school, returning late from a football game and grabbing a big bowl of this salad. I love how food, like a smell, can take you back 20+ years to one night or a time of your life. ENJOY!
Recipe: Tuna Pasta Salad
1 Box of elbow pasta, prepared according to instructions on box
2 cans of tuna, drained
1/2 cup of diced celery
1 cup of diced sweet pickles
1 cup of diced red onion
1/2 cup of cubed cheese ( I used Jack, but you can use cheddar too)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
salt/pepper to taste
2 tsp. of mustard (optional)
Cook pasta according to directions on box. Drain and add to a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well, taste and adjust seasonings (salt and pepper). Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.