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Pickled pasta salad may sound a bit strange but it is deliciously refreshing and oh so delightful. There is a perfect balance of tartness from the vinegar and sweetness from the sugar. I love to serve this pasta salad with a juicy grilled burger so I can soak up all of the extra pasta juices with my burger bun - slurp!

This is also a great picnic item. It is tightly sealed in a jar which makes for easy travel and nothing will spoil at the picnic!
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Step 1: Noodle Mush

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In a large stock pot bring water to a rolling boil. Add 1 t. salt. Reduce heat to medium-high and add 8 oz penne pasta. Overcook pasta until it is mushy - easily smashed with the back of a fork. Approximately 18-20 minutes.

When you test the pasta and think it is done cook it for five more minutes. The pasta will eventually harden up in the sauce and the last thing you want is the pasta to be too hard to chew. Trust me on this I've made this a thousand times!

Once pasta is cooked to mush strain it and rinse with cool water.

I recommend using penne pasta over say a rotini that might easily break apart when overcooked. Penne can still hold it's shape when mushy.

Step 2: Make Sauce

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While the pasta is cooking make the sauce.

Pickled Pasta Salad
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar - I like Bragg's
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 t. black pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 T. mustard
1/2 t. dried parsley (optional)

In a small mixing bowl whisk all ingredients until well combined. Set aside.

Step 3: Cut Veggies

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While the pasta is cooking also cut the veggies.

1/4 large red onion - julienned
1/4 large red bell pepper - diced
8-10 kalamata olives - sliced

You can choose a combo of any of your favorite veggies but this is what I think works best with the flavor profile of the sauce.

Cut veggies and set aside.
sunshiine2 years ago
I have never tried this but it sure looks good! Thanks for sharing.
wold630 (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
I think it might be a Midwest thing since it seems that no one has had it before! Weird things always come from the Midwest. It is delicious however!!
Weird but good right? I am looking forward to trying it myself. Have a great weekend!
wold630 (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Interesting! I've never seen a pickled pasta salad before. Awesome :)
wold630 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
I grew up eating pickled pasta and didn't realize how few people have actually had it!