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What to do with a box of pasta

What do you do? (and not just plain mac and cheese)

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  1. I don't really understand this question. What kind of pasta--what shape, what make etc?

    1. That's almost like asking "what do I do with a glass of water"? The possibilities aren't quite endless, but nearly so - what do you have in mind?

      1. for some reason, I think the poster might mean "elbows", since mac & cheese was mentioned and that's the usual shape used. But yes, "pasta" way too generic - please give more info.

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          1. sorry about the confusion, i did mean elbow macaroni and in general what sort of quick unusual recipe do you use when you have a box of elbow macaroni sitting on the shelf and you want to get rid of it.

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            1. re: chai18

              Tuna Noodle Salad

              My mom always made this with elbow macaroni and it's a family favorite. Here's a basic run down of ingredients:

              Elbow macaroni
              Miracle Whip (we used light)
              canned tuna in water, drained
              celery, chopped
              hard boiled eggs. roughly chopped
              salt and pepper, to taste

              I think the directions are fairly self explanatory here. Boil the pasta, drain and mix in a small amount of Miracle Whip to coat. Refrigerate until cool.

              Add tuna, celery, hard boiled eggs, salt and pepper and mix well. Eat!

              I've since made this salad with a whole variety of ingredients: green olives, peas, bell pepper, onion, dijon mustard, etc. You can really mix and match it however you like!

              1. re: MaggieB

                i do something similar but rather than mayo to hold it all together, we'd often use a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup. you could really use any thick creamy soup base and get some fantastic salty flavour in.

                no eggs for us either, but i've definitely tossed in peas, corn, carrots, celery and other bite sized bits. my dad used to call it tuna casserole and it's become a bit of a comfort food.

                i would definitely toss some elbows into any soup or thick sauce and just eat. i have this incredibly meaty tomato pasta sauce and macaroni by the spoonfuls with it would sort of be a fun little reminder of being a kid. mmm... with cheddar melted on top too....