Pasta-Trio

Festive Macaroni-Shrimp Salad

Ingredients

5 cups water

1 1/2 pounds unpeeled fresh shrimp

3 3/4 cups uncooked corkscrew macaroni

1 (6-ounce) package frozen Chinese pea pods or 1 (10-ounce) package frozen English peas

1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts, drained

1/2 to 1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped pimiento

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

Directions

Bring water to a boil; add shrimp, and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Drain well; rinse with cold water. Chill. Peel and devein shrimp; set aside.

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Rise with cold water; drain again.

Cook pea pods according to package directions; drain. Set aside.

Combine shrimp, macaroni, pea pods, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss lightly until well coated. Chill 6 hours.

Yield: 6 servings

Jene M. Harner, Towson, Maryland’s recipe

Macaroni Salad Veronique

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups uncooked shell macaroni

2 cups cubed cooked ham

2 cups seedless green grapes, halved

1/2 cup sliced green onions

Dressing (recipe to follow)

Dressing:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup commercial sour cream

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried whole dillweed

1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt.

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, mixing well.

Yield: 1 1/4 cups.

Directions

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.

Combine macaroni, ham, grapes, and onions; add dressing. Toss lightly until well coated. Chill 6 hours or overnight.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Mrs. J. C. Harville, Jr., Grenada, Mississippi’s recipe

Ziti-Cheddar Salad

Ingredients

3 cups uncooked ziti macaroni

1 (12-ounce) package sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed

2 cups sliced radishes

1 medium-size green pepper, chopped

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup milk

3/4 teaspoon dried whole dillweed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Radish fans (optional)

Directions

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.

Combine remaining ingredients except radish fans in large bowl, mixing well. Fold in macaroni; toss lightly until well coated. Chill 6 hours or overnight. Garnish with radish fans, if desired.

Yield: 8-10 servings

Bonnie Ramsburg, Frederick, Maryland’s recipe

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