Mac Salad

1 Cup Pasta…5 Tasty Salads

Pasta salads can offer a great meal option especially during the hot summer season when heating the kitchen daily to cook is not always desirable. Keeping chilled elbow pasta on hand makes meal prep quick and simple, with single servings made easy. Check out one or more of these tasty ideas!

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Prep ahead pasta

Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Yield: 1 cup


  • 1 (16 ounce) bag elbow macaroni
  • vegetable oil of choice


  • Bring 2 quarts of well salted water to a boil. Cook elbows to al dente (about 1 minute less than instructions) approximately 5 minutes.
  • Drain and spread pasta on a large oiled baking sheet. Spread out pasta so it is not clumped. Allow to slightly cool then place tray in refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill. Bag the cold elbows in a zip lock and keep for up to 5 days. Find a salad to enjoy from 1 cup pasta and 5 tasty salads.

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