July 27, 2022

Hometown Creamy Macaroni Salad

Hometown Creamy Macaroni Salad, a fresh, delicious, and wonderful side dish for your next picnic or BBQ. You can choose any pasta shape you want – have fun with it! Stay classic and use Elbows Macaroni, or switch it up as I did and use Farfalle (bowtie shaped pasta), Ditalini (short tube shaped pasta), or Cellentani (hollowed corkscrew shaped pasta).

Here is how to make it, cook pasta until al dente (don’t overcook, I’d say even aim for undercooked), drain, then run cold water over pasta to cool it, drain once more, set aside. Prepare fresh vegetables and herbs, set aside. Prepare dressing by adding ingredients to a mixing bowl, whisk until nicely incorporated, set aside. In a large bowl add the pasta, fresh vegetables, and herbs. Add half of the dressing and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Add more dressing as needed or desired, and chill longer if possible. It is even better chilled overnight and served the next day. Enjoy!

Hometown Creamy Macaroni Salad

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 10 people
Author Stasia Wimmer Boschetti

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bowtie pasta, or pasta of choice
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomato, finely diced (seeds removed, optional)
  • ½ cup corn, drain if using canned corn
  • ½ cup fresh carrots, shredded (squeeze between paper towels to remove moisture)
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped (let sit in cold water for a few min (then drain) before adding to the salad)
  • ¼ cup scallions, thinly sliced rounds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped (optional)

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dry yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta until al dente, drain, run cold water over pasta to cool, drain once more, set aside.

  2. Prepare fresh vegetables and herbs, set aside.
  3. Prepare dressing by adding ingredients to a mixing bowl, whisk until nicely incorporated, set aside.
  4. In a large bowl add the pasta, fresh vegetables, and herbs. Add half of the dressing and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Add more dressing as needed or desired. It is even better chilled overnight and served the next day.

Recipe Notes

Chill for at least two hours, add more dressing as needed or desired. It is even better chilled overnight and served the next day. Enjoy!

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