Monday, August 18, 2008

Smoky Pasta Salad

Here is a delicious recipe for pasta salad.  It is a little bit unusual as it is slightly sweet and smoky, like BBQ, but also creamy and delicious.
1 pound box dried pasta (elbows, rotini and the like)
1 cup mayonaise
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped sweet pickles (like bread n' butter)
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1 cup chopped red pepper
1/2 cup chives or green onions, diced
1/2 cup carrot coins, slightly cooked.
2 T apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup frozen peas

Cook pasta until almost cooked (just 1 min shy of ready to serve).
Drain, rinse with cold water.  Shake dry.
In a small bowl, combine vinegar, mayonnaise and BBQ sauce.
Place pasta in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Add vegetables and pickles.
Mix in dressing, pour over pasta and vegetables.
Chill until ready to serve.
Just before serving, stir in 2 -4 T water to re-moisten the dressing.  Yummy.

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