Macaroni makes for some low cost but tasty recipes for your family. It is a very versatile food and can be made tastier by adding some of your favorite items. From the addition of diced vegetables to your favorite salad dressings you can’t lose with macaroni.
Cooking Directions for Elbow Macaroni
•1 cup of uncooked elbow macaroni
•1 quart of water
•1 teaspoon salt
Pour the water in a large pot and boil and then add the uncooked macaroni to the boiling water. Add the salt. Boil for about 10 minutes or until tender. Cook longer for softer noodles and less for firmer noodles. Be sure to watch and not let it boil over. Drain the water from the cooked macaroni and serve
Macaroni Cooking Tips
•You can add a little cooking oil to the macaroni (or any pasta) to keep it from sticking.
•Stir occasionally to keep it to sticking to the pot and lumping together.
•Rinse pasta after cooking if you are using it in a cold dish otherwise just drain off the water.
Easy Macaroni Recipe Add Ins
When you have the macaroni cooked how you want it you can start making it special in one of these ways. The following recipes will be using the macaroni in the amount as cooked in the recipe above.
Tomatoes and Macaroni
•1 can of stewed tomatoes
Add tomatoes to macaroni and heat thoroughly.
•1/2 cup ranch dressing
•1/4 cup bacon bits
Mix ranch dressing into cooked macaroni add bacon bits sprinkled on top and serve.
Easy Macaroni and Cheese
•1 tablespoon butter
•3 slices of American cheese add more cheese if you want it cheesier
Add butter and cheese slices to the macaroni. Let the cheese and butter melt into the hot noodles and serve.
•1/4 cup mayonnaise
•1 small tomato, diced small
•1/2 green pepper, diced very small
Mix all this into the macaroni and serve.
•1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
Mix salad dressing into cooked macaroni and serve.
•1/2 cup of salsa, hot or mild
Mix salsa into macaroni and serve
How to Store Macaroni Pasta
Store it in a cool dry area. When you open the package you can put it in an airtight container or a plastic ziplock bag. It can keep up to 2 years.
You can store cooked macaroni in the refrigerator for about 5 days. Be sure to seal it airtight.