Main Course: Creamy Pasta Salad

Ingredients

Creamy Dressing:

  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried herbs like parsley, oregano, basil
  • ¼ cup vinegar

Pasta Salad:

  • 12 oz. (375 g) box or bag of pasta, like macaroni
  • 2 cups canned green beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, shredded or thinly sliced

Directions for Preparation

  1. For the dressing, stir together all the ingredients. Let stand for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  2. In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Drain. Rinse under cold running water until cool. Drain well.
  4. In a large bowl, combine pasta, green beans, carrots, and green or red pepper and the dressing.

This is a creamy and classic pasta salad that will surely please the family. For a nutrient boost, use whole wheat noodles. For a protein boost, add a can of drained tuna.

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