Easy Peas-y Macaroni Salad

Whenever I want to get the kids to eat peas, I put them in another dish.  When they were babies, they used to LOVE them.  But of course I think that was just because I dumped a spoonful of peas on their high chair tray and let them practice feeding themselves.  Which probably would have been a messier venture if I didn’t have 2 pugs (or pigs) that cleaned up after them.  At any rate, now they tolerate them.  I wouldn’t say they love them, but they definitely don’t mind them.  And when I put them in macaroni salad, they disappear.  I suspect it’s because it would take them too long to pick out the peas.

I like making macaroni salad because it’s a simple dish that kind of goes with anything.   And the possibilities are endless.  You can add different veggies, a different sauce, whatever you want and completely change it up.  So I made this macaroni salad one night with ditalini pasta and peas (and of course bacon) and dressed it with a buttermilk dressing and everyone had seconds.  It was amazing!

Start by mixing the dressing in a bowl – buttermilk, mayonnaise, honey mustard, dijon mustard, sugar, salt, garlic powder and pepper.  Whisk to combine all ingredients.  Add a dash of hot sauce if desired.

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Meanwhile boil your pasta in salted water, until al dente.  If using frozen peas, I like to place them in the colander before draining the pasta because the hot pasta will defrost the peas.  Crisp bacon in a medium pan.  Add the pasta, peas and bacon to the bowl with the dressing.

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Mix to combine.

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Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe:
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons honey mustard
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper (more if you like)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of hot sauce
1 lb box ditalini, cooked to al dente
1/2 bag frozen peas
6 strips of bacon, diced

In a large bowl, whisk ingredients for dressing: buttermilk, mayonnaise, honey mustard, dijon mustard, sugar, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Add a dash of hot sauce if desired.  Meanwhile, boil ditalini pasta in salted water.  When al dente, drain over the frozen peas.   Cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy.  Add pasta, peas and bacon to the dressing and mix well.  Serve and enjoy!

Caroline