Macaroni Salad

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Here is a simple, yet professional-tasting side dish perfect for any family meal or potluck. My family always brings this dish to any potluck, and it's such a breeze to make.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup dry elbow pasta
  • 1/2 Cup cubed sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 -1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • Garlic powder ~to taste
  • Onion powder~to taste
  • Salt~to taste
  • Black Pepper~to taste

Directions:

  1. Start by cooking your pasta. Using a medium sized pot, fill it 3/4 full with hot water. Add in a heavy pinch of salt and a roughly 2 tbs of olive oil. Bring to a boil on the stove and dump in your pasta. Allow your pasta to cook for at least 8-9 minutes. If you like al delte pasta, taste it carefully, and pull it out when the box says to. If you're like me and you like your pasta a little bit past aldente, cook them for 10-12 minutes. Carefully drain your pasta into a colander in the sink, and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Set colander back on the pot and set aside.
  2. Prepare all of the other ingredients. Cube your sharp cheddar cheese into 1/4 inch cubes until you have about 1/2 cup total. Set aside. 
  3. Chop your celery. Finely dice the celery into 1/4 inch pieces (about the same size as the cheese) until you have about 1/2 cup total. Set aside. 
  4. Gather your mayonnaise and spices. 
  5. Once your pasta is completely cool and somewhat dry. pour it into a medium-large mixing bowl that has a lid. Add in your cheese and celery, and stir it. Then spoon in about 1/4 cup of mayo and stir it well. Add more if needed. You want the consistency to be where everything is coated in mayo, but not drenched. Add in salt, pepper, garlic, and onion to taste, and guess what? Stir it well. Put the lid on it and set it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. 

Have fun sharing this with your friends and family!

Xo, Rach