Big Weather's Big Recipe: Mom's Pasta Salad

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Friday, July 16, 2021
Big Weather's Big Recipe: Mom's Pasta Salad
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It's one of Don's favorites!

A while back I made a broccoli slaw that we make all the time. It's one of my favorites! I really do love side salads, especially for things like picnics, or cookouts, so I decided to let you in on my mom's recipe for pasta salad. If you've ever bought a macaroni salad at the store, there's always that little something you can't figure out. That would be my mom's secret ingredient, Sweetened Condensed Milk. IKR!!! It's a classic in my family, so let's get to it!!


1 box of your favorite pasta (I used shells)

1 red pepper, chopped

4 large carrots

1 seedless cucumber, sliced

1 head of sliced celery

1 1/2 Cup of Mayo (I used Duke's)

1/3 Cup cider vinegar

Can of sweetened condensed milk


1. Boil the pasta, and rinse in cold water

2. Slice veggies and put them in a big mixing bowl

3. Add the mayo, vinegar, and condensed milk

4. With a sturdy spatula, mix it all together.

5. Refrigerate for a couple of hours, overnight is better

6. Enjoy!

A couple of notes.

One my mom says you used the whole can of sweetened condensed milk, and a half a cup of cider vinegar. But she told me that afterwards. What I made tasted pretty good.

Two, you can throw in whatever is in your fridge. Chunks of cheese, yes please. Various meat, it's a treat. Whatever you can think of you can add. I even made this one time added a can of drained corn, a can of rinsed black beans, and a packet of taco seasoning along with chunks of queso fresco cheese for a south of the border taste.

It's really a fun side you can do with all kinds of ingredients. My mom's pasta salad. I hope you love it as much as we do.