Nothing pleases me more than to have a go-to recipe. A recipe that works perfectly, tastes unbelievable and is so simple you can make it on the fly if you wanted to. Perfect for the warm spring and summer days ahead. Bring it to potlucks and BBQs, on a picnic or as a side to something grilled at home on the patio. This is that recipe.
Elise at Simply Recipes posted this last summer and the first time I made it, I was so ecstatic to be able to replace the store bought, not-very-good-for-you stuff. If you like cold pasta salads, you are going to love this macaroni salad.
2 cups dry macaroni pasta
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
1 roasted red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped red, yellow or white onion
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
1/2 cup mayonnaise
few pinches paprika
ground black pepper to taste
Cook macaroni in a pot of salted water. When al dente, remove from the heat, drain and rinse with cool water until room temperature.
Place chopped onions in a bowl and pour lemon juice or vinegar over them - this takes the edge off.
Add remaining ingredients including pasta and combine. Season to taste and refrigerate till quite cool. Serve.