Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Seafood Pasta Salad

Finally! A meal to go with your movies. This is one of my favorite summer meals. Spike and I have made it on several occasions. He found the recipe in one of his cookbooks and sticks to the exact measurements. I stuck to the measurements the first time and then decided I liked doing it better my way. Spike does not appreciate this. But now, without further ado...Seafood Pasta Salad!
Starring:

Imitation krab meat, grated cheddar cheese, colorful twist pasta, bell peppers, celery and ranch dressing


You can wait until your pasta is cooking to cut up your veggies which is what I usually do but last night I cut them while the water was boiling. I used 1/2 red, 1/2 orange and 1/2 yellow bell pepper along with one large celery stalk. You can use just one type of pepper if you want. I just really like the different colors.


And since my veggies were already cut before the water had even started to boil I had some time on my hands. You can do whatever you'd like during this time - read a book, make some phone calls, paint your nails - or you can do what I did. First, you can empty the dishwasher. Then, you can go out to the garage to get your little green portable fan to set on the counter while you're cooking because you don't want to turn your a/c on yet and it's stinkin' hot in the kitchen right now. When you go out to the garage to get said fan you can hear your puppy dog's tail hitting the side of his house because he knows you're right on the other side of the door and that makes him happy. You can remember that you need to change out the straw in his house so you stop to do that. Please pet him while you're out there. He needs a little attention. So, you put the straw in his house and he jumps over the side and settles in before you put the top back on. He's so cute that you have to go get your camera and take a picture (I forgot to use the red eye remover...forgive me). Oh man! I just noticed the weeds in the background. Please pretend that my back yard is beautifully manicured. I will feel much better.


Then you put the top back on his house and go back inside. Please wash your hands because dog hair and straw probably don't go well with Seafood Pasta Salad. The water should be boiling now so go ahead and dump in the bag of pasta. The pasta doesn't necessarily have to be the colored kind but I'm all about bright, happy food. You now have ten minutes to waste. At this point you can go out to the garage to get your little green portable fan to set on the counter while you're cooking because you don't want to turn your a/c on yet and it's stinkin' hot in the kitchen right now. Apparently the puppy dog got you sidetracked earlier. It's a vicious cycle. This is why it takes me forever to clean my house. Sad, but true.


Drain the pasta and go ahead and run some cold water over it. This won't hurt anything as you're going to put it in the fridge (or freezer if you're hungry and don't feel like waiting) for a while. Trust me, come midsummer you'll want cold pasta as opposed to it's warmer cousin, Fred.


Put the pasta in your serving bowl and add the ranch dressing. Boy, doesn't that look healthy. I used 1 cup for this recipe because I like it to just coat the noodles. If you'd like yours a tad creamier then add more. I won't judge.


Next comes the cheese. Can you feel your arteries hardening? I put in 1 1/2 cups using my cool new measuring cup from Pier 1. You can see it in the first pic. I like it a lot. I'm a cheese freak so you can tone it down or add more. It's up to you. Mix all this together and then add your veggies and imitation krab meat (I used 1 lb.). I wonder where imitation krab comes from. Any ideas? Oh, I guess I should recommend cutting up the krab. Unless you like big chunks. Then leave it. When you're finished you should have something resembling this (minus the creepy hand). This makes about 8 servings.



Enjoy!

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