Monday, May 18, 2009

Waldorf Salad Style Penne Pasta~ The Great Cooking Magazine Challenge Installment #3

I gave myself a challenge a while back to try a recipe from any cooking magazine that comes into my possession within a week. Several of my online buddies have taken up the challenge themselves! This isn't an official event, just a motivator to get cooking! If you are brave enough to tackle your stack of magazines grab the logo and link up to my blog. One good recipe might justify the cost the of mag! Click here for all of my challenge posts.

I got my new Everyday with Rachael Ray this week and knew I was going to be eating out a lot this since we have company. So I quickly picked a recipe that sounded good (there were quite a few to choose from!) and whipped it up before the company arrived on Saturday. I love the flavors of Waldorf Salad so knew this would be a winner in my book.

Waldorf Salad Style Penne Pasta
inspired by the June/July 2009 Everyday with Rachael Ray
Click here for printable recipe

1 pound whole wheat (I used a multigrain one) penne Pasta
3/4 cup mayonnaise (I used light)
1/4 cup sour cream (I used light)
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (love this addition!)
1/4 cup water (I skipped this)
3 ribs celery, chopped
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled ( I used the Real Bacon in the little acceptable substitute for me)
2 lg apples ( the recipe called for 4 nectarines or pears)
1 bunch chives, chopped
3/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted pecans (I sauted them in the skillet with a little bit of butter and salt, then sprinkled with a small amount of sugar)

Cook pasta al dente, drain. Meanwhile whisk together mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, cumin and 1/4 cup water. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Let sit for 10 mins while you chop the rest of the ingredients. Stir in celery, bacon, chopped apples, half the chives and half the pecans. To serve top the pasta with the remaining chives, pecans and few couple slices of apple.

The past couple of days have been so warm and sunny! Today...another story so far! But here's what it looked like Saturday.

Cute little mini Rhody

My herb "garden"

The border's filling in!

In the race for first rose to bloom.


Thibeault's Table said...

Susy, I love your garden photos. And I miss having a lilac tree.

Cynthia said...

Suzy, all your flower / yard pics are wonderful, but I'm very partial to lilacs. What a wonderful picture!

I've enjoyed all you cooking magazine challenges ... such a good idea. Waldorf salad with pasta, how interesting ... It certainly looks tasty in your pictures.

Foley said...

Waldorf salad with pasta is a new one for me! Looks really yummy too..gearing up with recipes for the hot summer days hopefully ahead!

Your garden photos are beau - you have such an array of flowers, plants the lilac. I always enjoyed my neighbors..until he cut it down..:(

Marsha said...

What an interesting salad recipe - a great one for hot summer days.

I too love seeing your garden photos...everything looks so lush and green (and freshly mowed)! Your little herb pot is just so you have it near the kitchen door too? My lilacs are a week or two away but the scent is one of my all time favorites...I can almost smell yours - a great photo!

Kathleen said...

I like Waldorf salad, never had it with pasta though...Good one to try this summer.
Nothing wrong with the bacon in the bag, Suzy. It is real BACON, not like bacos or bacon bits which are imitation...I have been using it for years...get it at Costco or SAMS...
Your flowers are so pretty..
I have been working outside all morning. I do see a rose bud! And some iris with buds...Love this time of year looking for new treasures..

Aggie said...

I saw this pasta salad and it keeps drawing me in! Now I know I have to try it...looks awesome! Found it on tastespotting!

Love your garden/yard photos!!

Dishesdone said...

Thanks for the reminder about the lilacs. I have them and forgot to look back there to cut some! Your pics are so pretty! and I love the magazine challenge! Nice recipe, looks delicious!

Kevin said...

A waldorf pasta salad sounds great!

Dazy said...

I'm making this for dinner tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

Baby Mama said...

I found this through google and made it last night. Very interesting and good, I plan to make it again! I added some grapes in and plan to increase the fruit to pasta ratio next time, but that's just personal preference. Thanks!

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