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The Best Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe

Love Pasta Salad? This easy Creamy Pasta Salad requires just a few ingredients, is simple to make and it just like the one you buy from the supermarket! Both regular and Thermomix instructions are included.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chilling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: Christmas Recipes, Pasta Salad, Salad Recipes, Thermomix
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 250 grams dried macaroni pasta
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 stalks celery
  • ½ red capsicum
  • 1 carrot approximately 80 grams
  • 2 spring onions both the white tip and half of the stem

For the Dressing

  • ½ cup mayonnaise 110 grams
  • ½ cup greek style natural yoghurt 120 grams
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Place a large saucepan which has been half filled with water onto your stove and bring to the boil.
  • Add the salt and macaroni and cook for 8 - 10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked al dente. Carefully drain and seta side to cool.
  • In the meantime, finely dice the red capsicum, celery and spring onions. Grate the carrot and set aside until needed.
  • In a small bowl, add all of the dressing ingredients and mix well to combine.
  • Place the cooled pasta into a large serving bowl and add the diced/grated vegetables plus the dressing. Gently fold with a large spoon to combine all of the ingredients.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap (or a beeswax wrap) and place the pasta salad into the fridge for 2 hours to chill.

Thermomix Instructions

  • Roughly chop the spring onions, carrot and celery into 3 cm pieces and add to your Thermomix bowl. Roughly chop the red capsicum into strips and also add it to the bowl. Mix for 3 seconds, speed 6 to chop. Transfer the ingredients to a separate bowl until needed.
  • Rinse out your Thermomix bowl and add 1000 grams of water. Cook for 10 minutes, 100 degrees, speed 2.
  • Add the dried macaroni pasta and the salt and cook for 8 minutes, 100 degrees, speed 1 reverse.
  • Drain the cooked pasta and set it aside to cool.
  • In a clean and dry Thermomix bowl, add the dressing ingredients and mix for 6 seconds, speed 4. Scrape down the sides of your Thermomix bowl and mix for a further 5 seconds, speed 3.
  • Place the cooled pasta into a large serving bowl and add the diced/grated vegetables plus the dressing. Gently fold with a large spoon to combine all of the ingredients.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap (or a beeswax wrap) and place the pasta salad into the fridge for 2 hours to chill.

Notes

  • You can make the pasta salad a day or two in advance, store in an airtight container in your fridge. 
  • This salad is best enjoyed within 4 days.
  • Instead of macaroni pasta, you can use other types such as shell, small spirals, bowtie etc.
  • You and add/omit vegetables from this recipe. It's also delicious when made with red onion and a mixture of red and green capsicums.
  • If you don't have any natural yoghurt, you can use sour cream in it's place.
  • I used Praise Whole Egg Mayonnaise for this recipe, you can use a 'light' mayonnaise if you wish.