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Rice & Pasta Dishes
Member Name: rojm
Rice & Pasta Dishes
Date: 16/02/12, updated on 06/07/13 (88 review reads)
Advantages: fairly healthy
Disadvantages: oncce I start eating it I can't stop
We eat quite a bit of pasta in our house and one of my favourite pasta dishes is pasta salad. Some may think it's a bit boring but I love it. We make more than one but that is only because people like different things.
I find it is best if you use fusilli (I just like this pasta best) and if you use the tri coloured one then it adds more colour to the dish.
I don't weigh or really measure the amount of pasta I just guess what is the right amount for the 4 of us (just estimate what you normally eat).
The pasta needs cooking so I add it to a pan and then add boiling water, I also boil a couple of eggs. Whilst the pasta and eggs are cooking it is time to chop up some other things. You can decide yourself what you like to add and how much.
I wash and chop lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and sometimes red onion or spring onion. Grate some cheese and cut up some quorn deli meat (normally ham as we all like this). Sometimes I open a can of sweetcorn. I don't eat all the ingredients and neither do the girls but my husband does. (I don't like sweetcorn)
Once the eggs have been boiled for 10 minutes I quickly empty the boiling water and place the pan under the cold tap and leave it running quite hard to quickly cool the eggs. This way there is no black near the yolk as they have been cooled quickly. I then chop the eggs, I also cool the pasta before adding the other ingredients (some I add later for individual taste).
Everything gets mixed up and then some low fat mayonaise gets mixed in (it's nice if you add a fair bit so it isn't dry) and some black pepper. Sometimes garlic pepper gets mixed in as well but only a bit.
For some reason this just tastes so good and it is fairly helathy as you have lots of salad in.
Summary: it tastes so good