I'm going to let you in on a little secret. This is the yummiest pasta salad ever and it is super-dooper easy to make. Okay, okay, so it doesn't look that pretty in the picture, but you've got to try it - it's delicious!
My nieces call this particular pasta salad "heaven on a spoon" and begs me to make it whenever we have a get together. I often find them eating it straight out of the serving bowl, even before lunch is on the table.
The problem with traditional pasta salad recipes is that there is lots of slicing and dicing involved and usually myriad ingredients. And in my experience, whatever you put in the pasta salad, someone is not happy! They look longingly into your bowl of carefully prepared pasta salad and exclaim loudly "Ohhhh, I love pasta salad. What a pity this one contains [insert name of offensive vegetable or meat here]." Then they'll brighten and say "Don't worry, I'll just pick out the olives/capsicum/ham/onion/beans/tomato" (whatever ingredient it is that they don't like). Don't they know you slaved over that pasta salad to get just the right balance of flavours and ingredients?
So, now I cheat. And my pasta salad is more popular than ever.
This is a great recipe, suitable for all occasions and for those who don't eat meat. It goes wonderfully with a barbeque. It keeps well for a couple of days. Even the kids might have a try of it. And best of all, there are only three ingredients, which means not only is it quick to make, it's quick to shop for and cheap too.
So here it is folk's Worlds Easiest, Yummiest Pasta Salad:
500g packet of short pasta (penne, elbows, shells etc – I prefer elbows) 2 bunches of fresh chives 1 jar of Miracle Whip Mayonnaise. It must be Miracle Whip. No other mayonnaise will do. Miracle Whip is available in most supermarkets and looks like this:
1) Cook the pasta al dente, as per the instructions on the packet. Set it aside to cool.
2) Chop the chives, very, very finely.
3) Open the jar of miracle whip
4) Combine the cold pasta with the finely chopped chives, and the miracle whip. Stir until it is mixed through.
That's all there is to it! How easy is that? Enjoy!