Ida Mae's MACARONI SALAD
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INGREDIENTS
  • 12 ounce package of small shell macaroni (any macaroni would work)
  • diced Cheddar cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups diced celery
  • diced, fried bacon
  • 1 can of peas, drained
  • piece of green pepper, diced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • thinned Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
DIRECTIONS
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and cool.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Refrigerate a few hours to blend flavors.
  3. NOTE: Taste salad after a few hours. May need to salt, pepper, add more mayonnaise, etc.
  4. VARIATIONS:
  5. I have altered this recipe a variety of ways, depending on what I have in the house.
  6. ~~ Ham instead of bacon
  7. ~~ 1/2 to 3/4 bag of frozen peas instead of can of peas (pour on hot macaroni in colander---the macaroni cools, the peas thaw). Then add remaining ingredients.
  8. ~~ Add mustard, honey mustard, parsley flakes, dried onion, etc. to mayonnaise mixture
RECIPE BACKSTORY
I was given this recipe in high school, and have tweaked it to my heart's content. Watch out---It doesn't last long.