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 bag..an 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.