Monday, January 20, 2014

Pioneer woman's pasta salad

16 ounces penne pasta
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used light mayonnaise)
1/4 cup milk
2 to 3 tablespoons white vinegar
2 to 3 teaspoons adobo sauce (from canned chipotle peppers)
1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
Black pepper
3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 pound smoked Gouda cheese
24 basil leaves, shredded

Cook pasta, drain, rinse with cool water, and set aside. Combine the mayonnaise and milk in a medium bowl Then add 2 tablespoon of the vinegar and stir. Add adobo sauce, salt  and pepper Stir and taste adjust seasoning (I added more adobo sauce, careful because it is hot). Combine pasta, tomatoes, basil, cheese and dressing Chill. for at least 2 hours.

You can add different chesses like mozzarella, I added smoked provolone. cucumbers, corn, chicken and beans were other variations on similar recipes.

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