Whenever Anita and I go antiquing we like to pack a light lunch for the trip. Taking our lunch instead of eating out means that way we maximize our antiquing time. But just because lunch is hauled in a cooler doesn’t mean that it’s going to be boring. I made a few fantastic Italian cold-cut wraps and this absolutely delicious creamy pasta salad for our last trip. We both could’ve eaten the salad all afternoon long, but that would’ve meant little time for looking for antiques! Perfectly creamy, with a little crunch from the onion, peas and pickles. Oh, and cheese.
For a great twist on this creamy pasta salad substitute chopped green or black olives for the diced pickles. Another great change is to use smoked cheddar cheese instead of extra sharp cheddar.
This salad is even better (I wouldn’t have thought it could be any better!) the next day.
Creamy Pasta Salad
- 2 cups dried elbow macaroni
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1 7 ounce block of extra sharp cheddar cheese, diced
- 1/2 cup sweet pickles diced
- 1/2 cup sweet onion diced
- 1 4 ounce jar pimentos, drained
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- Cook the pasta per package instructions. Drain well, transfer to a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to cool.
- Add the peas, cheese, pickles, onion and pimento and fold to combine.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, cream, mustard and sugar. Fold into the pasta mixture.
- Season with salt and pepper and serve.