Parmesan Peppercorn Pasta Salad and the Truth About Mother’s Day


So, how was your Mother’s Day? Did your children join you at church wearing their Sunday best? Bring you breakfast in bed or give you all the sweet and wonderful expressions of their love your heart could hold? Mine was well partially a horrid day. I had asked for one thing, my family to Spring clean. So, after they were all up, after noon, after I had been at church playing bells, they got up and wanted food. Then they all disappeared. I boiled eggs, started cleaning the kitchen, and picking up the living room. It was 2:30 pm before I saw anyone. So, it was time to start! I ended up at the beach for two hours because I couldn’t stand them all complaining and yelling. I didn’t get what I wanted. I got a 20 minute half-hearted pick up and a semi clean mud room. Yeah, mom!  Ugh. Hope your day went better than mine.

But, dinner was good. We bought pulled pork for a school fundraiser and it had been frozen so we only had to reheat it. A simple pasta salad, brown baked beans, and deviled eggs made my  Mother’s Day meal.

Verdict:

I have two children who will eat macaroni salad but not actually like it. They don’t like the mayonnaise much but I really wanted a macaroni salad to complement the pulled pork. So, I started digging through the refrigerator. Parmesan cheese! Cheese fixes everything according to my family.

They LOVED it! My son would have eaten the entire bowl if we let him. He had two big servings and that is unusual for him. My daughter liked it but still thought the texture was a bit weird. I wonder if I change the pasta shape if she will like it better.

Parmesan Peppercorn Pasta Salad

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 oz) box pasta
  • 1 onion, fine diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 orange pepper, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (more or less to taste)
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1-3 tablespoons whole milk, to thin dressing as needed
  • Black Pepper, freshly grated

Directions:

  1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cool water. Drain well and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add peppers and onion to bowl.
  3. In a small bowl mix mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. Add milk as needed to thin slightly.
  4. Once dressing is to your taste mix into bowl with pasta and peppers. Either serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready to serve freshen salad with extra mayonnaise or a bit of milk as needed.

 

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh dear, Marci, your Mother’s Day doesn’t sound like it was nice at all. I had to work so my family all went off with my Mom and Dad for lunch and I stayed behind. Working for 2 1/2 hours on a Sunday isn’t great but then I had the afternoon free for myself [very unusual]. Don’t tell anyone but it was really quite nice.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Lol! It was actually nice to be at the beach by myself. It was warm and quiet but I would have liked to have had my house cleaned up like I asked. They know they were wrong and I am sure it will be made up to me. Thanks!

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  2. koolaidmoms says:

    Thank you! It was a beautiful day!

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  3. themomfred says:

    LOL your day is exactly why I did not ask for help with a project, but good for your for going to the beach and relaxing. 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I am going to get more cleaning today without the grumpies from them. I figure I have a week or so of them being extra good. 🙂

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  4. I used to ask my kids to ckean their rooms for my gifts to all holidays and my Birthday. I never got it, so Niw when they ask what I want for my Birthday or Christmas I give them
    List with stuff that costs money.
    I’m stillbwsiting for one of them to say, ” I ‘ll clean my room for you!@ 😄

    I’m gkad you had a quiet visit at the beach, and good dinner.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Love that idea! Smart Mom!

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  5. Sorry about the typos!! I wish there was an edit button!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I understand. I think the same thing all the time. It is especially difficult on my phone. 🙂

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      1. That’s what I was using my iPhone. 🙂

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  6. jazzytower says:

    Mine was borderline till I read the hand written card from my daughter. Seems I didn’t do so bad after all:) Good for you on your time at the beach. And that recipe sounds good. I agree with the kids, cheese on everything does make it better:). Have a great week.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Awe, how sweet of your daughter. Thanks, same to you!

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  7. There are plenty of “Pinterest” Mothers Day depictions out there. They are fantasies. Yeah, maybe something to aspire to, yadda yadda yadda. Your Mothers Day was REAL, and thank you for sharing it with all the rest of us REAL moms❤

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! I aim to keep it real with my food and life. No perfect pictures here. 😉

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  8. Sorry your Mothers Day didn’t turn out as planned. My kids are too young to be disappointed with…yet!!! This Mac salad looks good.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! It all turned out well in the end and they knew they were wrong and apologized later. Just means more Spring Cleaning this weekend!

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  9. Lacey says:

    Booooo. Hoping for a better one next year for you. THe beach sounds nice though, and the pasta looks yummy!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. It was all okay in the end. I was frustrated but they knew they were wrong and apologized in the end.

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  10. Get them to clean up the whole house! Doomed to failure. Made me laugh.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Lol! Thanks.

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  11. Angie says:

    Oh, dear! That does not sound ideal for Mother’s Day! We decided this year that next year we will do our own Mother’s Day on the French celebration day – last Sunday of May (or first Sunday in June if the last one is Pentecost). Too many family dynamics and running around and stuff for me to actually enjoy Mother’s Day. So I have high hopes for NEXT year, maybe even some nice quiet time all alone. Yes, at the beach! Perfect. The recipe sounds yummy too! Parmesan is always a treat.

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  12. Kate Diamond says:

    I feel so guilty about this that I’ve never actually asked for it, but what I would REALLY love for Mother’s Day is a chance to be by myself and act as if I don’t have kids for the day–you know, watch grown-up TV in the middle of the day, shower in a leisurely fashion, go shopping without anyone hanging on my leg, etc…

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      That sounds lovely! A few years ago we started Mommy’s day away. I would go to a local hotel and spend the night all by myself. I could order room service, take an hour shower with no fingers under the door or banging on it to ask a hundred questions, and I got the remote to myself. It is glorious!

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