Girls Night In

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No Fuss. No Muss. Just Pasta.

on August 7, 2015

If I were to list the seasons from favorite to least favorite, summer would be at the bottom. (Fall easily tops the list. Best time of the year!) It’s not that I’m anti-summer. I enjoy road trips with my family, afternoons at the pool, sitting around a campfire and anything that involves being in any kind of boat on some body of water.

What I don’t like is feeling hot and sweaty. Which means I cook/bake a lot less during the summer months. I like salads and sandwiches, and I certainly stay away from turning on the oven.

Macaroni SaladSo with all that in mind, a nice, cold pasta salad remains a summertime staple. I make up a large batch and keep it in the fridge, where it typically lasts a couple weeks. And since it’s just me, I can munch on it right out of the bowl. Is that wrong? 🙂

This is what I do:

Boil and drain two cups of macaroni, then rinse in cold water until it’s no longer warm.

Mix in a can of tuna, plus peas, dill pickles/relish, mayo/Miracle Whip, mustard, salt and pepper. I don’t measure–I just add until I get the flavor I want.

Celery is great in it too but, unfortunately, I don’t use enough to justify buying a whole bundle. Someday I’d like to try it with hard-boiled eggs, but I keep forgetting that part. . . .

(Feel free to adjust ingredients according to your own preferences.)

It’s light and refreshing and perfect for someone like me who, often, gets caught up in work and realizes it’s too late to make something because I’m hungry now.

Serve it with a fresh-out-of-the-garden tomato and … yum!

What do you make when it’s too hot to cook?

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