Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pasta Entree Recipe - Tuna Noodle Salad

This absolutely delicious tuna and pasta meal is a great-tasting quick fix for your everyday dining needs, especially on those nights when you don't have much time to spend in the kitchen. Cook up a scrumptious entrée in a flash with this excellent recipe - it definitely has a zing that no one will be expecting. A creamy blend of pasta, dressing, and canned tuna fish - perhaps this is the dish for which you have wished! Just like the classic, tuna-mac you have always loved, you don't have to do much hard work to create a delicious treat everyone will love to eat!

Sweet Chilli Tuna Salad

You will need the following ingredients (approximately six servings):
  • Three cups cooked pasta
  • 1/2 cup of Caesar salad dressing
  • 2/3 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • One finely chopped onion
  • Two stalks of chopped celery
  • Pinch of garlic powder (to taste)
  • Pinch of fresh, ground black pepper
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • One can of tuna - drained.
When you get home from work - or in the late afternoon, first, you will want to boil your pasta in a large pot of water with a few pinches of sea salt. Drain the pasta. And then, just set it aside until dinnertime - you will want to marinate your pasta for a little while in the Caesar salad dressing.
Next, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, you will need to combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, celery, garlic powder, tuna, salt and pepper. Add the mixture to your noodles and Caesar salad dressing. Then all you have to do is chill the dish, and you have a great pasta salad to look forward to for dinner. Serve with a side of corn, peas, spinach, salad and / or fruit. Jello is also a popular treat as a side dish to compliment this entrée.
Regarding substitutions: some people - especially when serving this dish to kids, find that a whole onion is too flavorful and/or overpowering, but there are ways around this. A great way to remedy this is to substitute half (or more) of the chopped onion with an extra couple of chopped celery stalks, or perhaps some chopped nuts. This will help maintain the desired texture without overpowering the other flavors of the pasta salad. As with any recipe that calls for onions, if you like the flavor of onions less the answer is simple: use less onion! Additional spices are always fun to play with, choose them carefully, however. Make sure you find something that compliments (but does not overwhelm) the flavors of the original recipe!
Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for Web sites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background also includes teaching, gardening, and fashion. For more of her useful articles on seafood recipes, please visit Seafood, supplier of fresh seafood and seafood recipes.