Posted by goodcookbecky on May 5, 2013
On our recent trip to Maui, we were fortunate enough to go to a Luau at the Grand Wailea Resort in Wailea. Their luau was the best we have ever attended and the food was very good. One offering on their buffet that I was skeptical about was their potato macaroni salad (Potato Mac for short). How can you combine macaroni salad and potato salad and get away with that!? Isn’t that a crime? Well, as it turns out, it is NOT a crime. It was one of the items I most enjoyed. I skipped the poi this time, I ate it last time and was unimpressed! Anyway… on to the good stuff: Hawaiian Potato Mac! I immediately went online to find a reliable recipe. I think I found one on allrecipes. I did not have celery seed, so I omitted it. Also I did not need 20 servings so I cut the recipe in half, increasing the eggs to 3 and kept the macaroni at 1 cup because in the original recipe there were more potatoes than macaroni, and at the luau it was mostly macaroni.. so here is my rendition of Hawaiian Potato Mac.
Hawaiian Potato Macaroni Salad
adapted from allrecipes
- 3 eggs
- 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 1 cup elbow macaroni
- 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp celery seed (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup finely grated carrots
- 1 cup green peas, cooked and drained
- 1/2 small SWEET onion, (like Vidalia or walla walla or maui)
Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring them to a boil, turn off the heat, cover with a lid and allow to sit for 10-12 minutes. Immediately after that place the eggs in ice water. This will prevent the eggs from having a green ring around the yolk. Chop the eggs into small dice.
Cover the potatoes with cold salted water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium low to maintain a boil and cook them for about 15 minutes or until they are fork tender. Drain them immediately and run cold water over them. Chop the potatoes into small pieces once they are cooled.
Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions and drain them immediately also running cold water over them to stop the cooking process.
In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, curry powder, celery seed, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Add the finely grated carrot, cooked peas and finely minced onion to the dressing. Gently fold the mayonnaise dressing with the chopped eggs, cooled macaroni, and cooled potatoes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on October 31, 2012
I don’t know a bout you, but I love Panera! I love their sandwiches, soups, and sides. Their macaroni and cheese is quite outstanding and creamy. After ordering the side recently I went home wanting to find a copycat recipe for the dish.. but I didn’t have to… as it turns out, Panera is quite willing to share the recipe with everyone. I made it too – I did not have the exact cheeses – I used yellow American cheese instead of white American cheese, and it still turned out quite close to the one they sell. They use shells in the recipe, but you could use any pasta you like. The surprising ingredient in the Panera recipe is a dash of Frank’s Hot Sauce. It is very subtle though.
Here is a link to Panera’s Recipe.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on August 16, 2012
I don’t think I have ever made a recipe by Ina Garten aka “Barefoot Contessa” that I have not liked! Here is another winner from her. Thank you Ina!
I love the combination of sun-dried tomatoes with the cheese and Kalamata olives. It is certainly a grown up taste. My kids are not fans of olives that come in cans and in vinegar – so this salad is more for me and my hubby. I used tri color spiral pasta instead of white ones – I think it looked prettier. I will be adding this salad to a semi regular rotation though.
PASTA WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATOES
adapted from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook p 58)
For the Pasta Salad:
- 1 lb tri color spiral pasta, cooked and drained
- kosher salt
- olive oil
- 3 ripe roma tomatoes, medium dice
- 1/2 cup black olives (Kalamata), pitted and diced
- 1/8 lb fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed in 1/4 inch dice
- 6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
For the Dressing (use a food processor) to process the following ingredients:
- 5 sun-dried tomatoes, drained
- 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 6 Tbsp quality olive oil, (the green stuff)
- 1 clove garlic, diced
- 1 tsp capers, drained
- 2 tsp Kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
Last minute ingredients:
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, julienned (thin ribbon like strips)
Cook the spiral pasta in boiling salted water and a splash of olive oil according to package directions. Drain well and allow to cool. In a large bowl, place the pasta, chopped tomatoes, chopped olives, diced mozzarella, and sun-dried tomato pieces. Toss to combine the ingredients.
Process the ingredients listed for the dressing in a small food processor. Pour the ingredients over the pasta salad and toss to coat the salad with the dressing. Sprinkle the salad with the grated Parmesan cheese and basil. Chill and serve.
Warning: this salad is highly addictive! If you are like me, you will not be able to stop eating it until it is gone, and then you will make some more the next day!
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Posted by goodcookbecky on May 30, 2011
Here is another lovely Pasta Salad that I like to serve with BBQ foods. It is a variation on the Veggie salad, but with tri-color rotini pasta.
- 12-16 oz tri-color Rotini Pasta
- 1 large cucumber, peeled and cut into bite size chunks (remove the seeds if they are large)
- 1 package grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 large yellow bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 can ripe olives, drained
- 3/4 cup Italian dressing (I used a roasted red pepper Italian dressing that is quite yummy)
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and shock with cold water to bring the temperature down. Combine the pasta, veggies and the dressing. Toss. Chill and serve.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on September 22, 2010
I’ve said I was a fan of allrecipes.com before and I will say it again. I made this macaroni salad because I had little else in the fridge to eat for lunch, so I made this recipe. I made a few changes to the original (the original recipe called for 3/4 cups of sugar! – that sounds way too sweet to me for the amount of salad; I also reduced the amount of celery and changed the onion to 1/4 cup sweet onion- like Walla Walla, Maui or Vidalia). Never the less, after tweaking the recipe it is quite yummy!
I love Macaroni Salads that have eggs in them and this is one. Next time I will add some chopped fresh dill or parsley to brighten it up a little.
Amish Macaroni Salad
adapted from allrecipes.com
- 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
- 1/4 cup sweet onion (like Maui, Vidalia or Walla Walla_
- 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
- 1 small red bell pepper, chopped (I used 3/4 cup chopped roasted bell peppers from the jar)
- 2 Tbsp pickle relish
- 2 cups Mayonnaise
- 3 Tbsp prepared Dijon Mustard
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp white vinegar (or champagne vinegar is really nice here)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp celery seed (I used Mc Cormick’s Salad Supreme seasoning)
- 2 tsp fresh minced parsley or dill (optional)
Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add Macraroni and cook according to package directions. Drain, rinse, and cool completely.
In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients and stir them together. Pour the dressing mix over the cooled macaroni and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and cool at least 1 hour. Enjoy.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on March 26, 2010
Sorry blue box, move over it is time for some grown up Macaroni and Cheese to get the spotlight. Here is a version the adults in my family like. This recipe has a kick of cayenne pepper that makes the mature palate smile. I found it in a Martha Stewart Cookbook (Macaroni and Cheese 101 recipe), but hers serves 12. Only Martha Stewart would serve Macaroni and Cheese to 12! When I have 12 over it isn’t Mac and Cheese, so come to my house! Nevertheless, this is a great recipe that I have adapted to serve 6.
Martha’s Macaroni and Cheese
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 6 slices bread, crusts removed and processed into crumbs
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 3/4 cup warm milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground white pepper (or black is fine if you don’t have white)
- 1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
- 1 (10 oz) block Cracker Barrel Cheddar cheese, grated, divided use
- 3/4 cup Romano cheese, divided use
- 8 oz Macaroni, cooked
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Melt the butter and toss with processed breadcrumbs and set aside.
- Melt remaining 3 Tbsp. butter in a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Once the butter bubbles up add flour and whisk until it thickens about 1 minute. Add the warm milk a little at a time, whisking to make a smooth sauce. Continue adding the milk and cooking it until it is thickened. Turn off the heat. Add in the seasonings and 1 1/2 cups of the cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup Romano cheese. Stir into the sauce until melted.
- Drain the cooked pasta and add to the cheese sauce. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray and pour the macaroni into the prepared dish. Top with remaining 3/4 cups of cheddar and 1/4 cup Romano cheeses. Sprinkle with the buttered breadcrumbs. (I usually don’t put all on the topping)
- Bake at 375 F for about 30 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before serving. Yummy!
In case you are interested in Martha’s original recipe here is a link.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on February 8, 2010
Italian Pasta Salad
I originally found a recipe in “Taste of Home” Magazine that was an Italian Pasta, but I accidentally heated it up the first time I made and we discovered we loved it that way. Plus it had grated carrots in the original and we didn’t like it.. so a few changes later it is mine!
Italian Style Pasta Salad
- 14 1/2 ounces Tomatoes, with garlic and onion — canned
- 16 ounces Caesar Dressing — Marie’s is good
- 2 Onions, Green — thinly sliced
- 15 ounces Artichokes, Canned — hearts, cut up
- 20 ounces Tortellini pasta, Cheese — refrigerated
- 1 medium Green Pepper — chopped
- 6 ounces Olives, Ripe — drained, pitted
- 3 ounces Pepperoni — sliced, mild
- 1/2 cup Cheese, Parmesan — shredded
In a 13x9x2 inch baking dish combine first 7 ingredients. Add cooked tortellini pasta and toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, cover with foil and heat at 325° F for 30 minutes.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on February 4, 2010
This is a wonderful refreshing dish that I love to serve at our home. My husband and I seem to always battle for the last bowl when the late night munchies hit. We end up sharing!
It is an easy dish to put together, chop your veggies and such while the pasta cooks and then cool the orzo under running cold water and it is a flash to assemble. The beauty of this dish is you can put any veggies in you want. My mom made this with green beans once and broccoli another time. Both were delicious. I happen to like this combination the best. But if you did not like artichokes, or cucumbers – substitute away!
Greek Orzo Pasta Salad
- 3/4 lb Orzo Pasta (I love the Barilla Brand)
- 1 cucumber, peeled and diced (I like the hot house or English ones they are most consistently good)
- 1 can artichoke hearts
- 1 can black olives (Greek style if you desire, but can be made with just regular olives if you wish)
- 1 package cherry or grape tomatoes (chopped tomato is fine too)
- fresh basil, chopped (to taste or 1 tsp of dried basil works in a pinch)
- 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled or cut in cubes if you like larger pieces of feta
- 1/2 jar roasted Red Peppers (optional)
For the Dressing:
- 6 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. mint
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
Cook the Pasta according to the directions. Prepare the vegetables, and put in a large bowl. When the pasta is cooked, drained and cooled, add to the chopped veggies. Combine the ingredients of the dressing and pour over the pasta salad. Combine. Add the feta cheese last, it seems to hold together better then. Enjoy. This really is quite addicting. I think you will find it is as well.
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