Can you believe we have just two days left in 2012? You might be hosting a New Year’s Day party or having a crowd over for football – playoffs start next weekend! Maybe you’re having a few friends in for New Year’s Eve or doing a quiet dinner for two. One, or both, of these pasta recipes, one dressed down and casual, the other a little more dressed up and fancy, might be just the right addition to one of your entertaining menus!
This Pasta and Tuna Salad is easy and yummy. Someone in my family who “hates tuna” actually loves this salad. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled – trust me, it will get eaten! It’s a little a different since it’s not as creamy as some macaroni salads – it’s kind of addicting! Feel free to make more dressing if you prefer a creamier salad.
Pasta and Tuna Salad
- One box (16 oz.) elbow macaroni
- 1 cup diced sweet bread and butter pickle chips
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 2 cans white albacore tuna, well drained
- 4-5 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3-4 tablespoons pickle juice (from the bread and butter pickle jar!)
- 1 tablespoon celery seed (add more or less to your liking)
- 1 teaspoon Accent
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
Fill a large stockpot about 2/3 full with water and bring to a boil. When water comes to a boil, add about 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking. Add elbow macaroni, stirring occasionally, and cook until it is “al dente,” approximately 5-7 minutes. Remove a few macaroni to a colander to test for doneness; don’t cook until too soft!
While water is boiling, chop onion, pickles and drain tuna.
When the elbow macaroni is finished cooking, drain into a large colander. Rinse macaroni well with cold water, tossing in the colander to make sure all pasta is rinsed and cooled. Drain well.
Transfer macaroni to a large serving bowl.
In a mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, pickle juice, celery seed, salt, pepper and Accent. Whisk all ingredients together well.
Add pickles, onions and tuna to the bowl of elbow macaroni and mix with a large spoon. Pour dressing over macaroni and mix well. Cover and chill at least four hours. Mix macaroni again before serving.
I love Fettuccine Alfredo! With the cream, butter and cheese, it’s definitely a calorie laden dish that we don’t want to eat too often! For a special occasion, it is a great indulgence! Add a nice Caesar salad, some great bread, a good bottle of red wine and perhaps cannolis for dessert and you have a fantastic dinner that YOU made and will be delizioso! I’ve tried a lot of different ways to make Alfredo sauce over the years, and this is the one my family has deemed perfect!
- One pound dried or fresh fettuccine noodles
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 4-5 tablespoons butter
- Approximately 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling
- Dried or fresh chopped parsley
Place a large serving bowl on the non-cooking area of your stove to warm while pasta and sauce are cooking.
Bring a large stockpot filled approximately 2/3’s full of water to a boil. When water comes to a boil, add 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking. Add fettuccine noodles, stirring occasionally, and cook until “al dente,” about 8-10 minutes for dried pasta and about 2 minutes for fresh.
While water is boiling, prepare sauce. Heat heavy whipping cream over high heat until bubbles start to form around the edges; reduce heat to low. (Don’t let the cream come to a boil!) Add butter and stir until butter is completely melted.
Add cheese in 3-4 additions; stir constantly until cheese is completely melted and sauce is thickened. Keep sauce on low heat.
Once the fettuccine noodles are cooked to “al dente” (test for doneness by taste!) drain well and transfer pasta to large, warmed serving bowl.
Pour sauce over pasta and mix. Add some fresh or dried parsley, mix again and sprinkle with some additional grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
I hope you enjoy either or both of these easy and delicious pasta dishes! Thank you so much for visiting today and have a wonderful Sunday!