Friday, June 27, 2008

Nostalgia Cafe - Macaroni Tuna

A guaranteed crowd pleaser at dinner. Make a huge batch of this because they really stow it away.

To go with the Macaroni Tuna we often had a very simple salad of cut-up oranges and bananas. Cut the bananas first and then cut the oranges over the bowl so the juice drips on the bananas. When strawberries are in season, those are great in the mix too, but the old tried and true "salad" that I remember from my own childhood contained only bananas and oranges, no sugar, no syrup, nothing but fresh ripe fruit.

1 Cup dry elbow macaroni
1/4 cup bottled Italian salad dressing
1 teaspoon celery seed
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
ground pepper to taste
salt to taste
7-ounce can tuna, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise

Bring 1 quart of water to boil and cook macaroni just until tender - about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse.

Combine salad dressing and seasonings in a skillet and heat to boiling. Add macaroni, tuna, celery, green pepper and toss. Continue to cook until heated through, remove from heat and stir in mayo. Makes 6 servings.

Of course there is no harm in playing around with the ingredients depending on what everyone likes!

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