This is one of those recipes where you’re really not that sure, but willing to give it a go. Inspiration for this recipe came from Guga Foods, who makes amazing, easy, BBQ style food and sides.
But I must admit I have been looking for a solid cold pasta salad for a while. My Aunty makes one that is phenomenal in the summer, but I dunno – she must have a zuzz or something she does with it because I can never replicate it exactly her way.
This was a bit of an experiment – I love it when these types of experiments turn out well! I saw two different recipes and thought I would modify and tinker with them slightly.
And while this tasted amazing as a side with brisket burgers, it was even better the next day once all the flavours had time to smoosh together. I made this gluten free by using gluten free pasta, but use whichever pasta you prefer. Definitely a summer keeper!
So without further ado, let’s get to it.
TJ’s epic cold pasta salad
A robust and hearty salad suitable cold or warm, this pasta salad is sure to become a favourite, especially for cookouts! Make it the day before you want to serve it and let it develop its deeply rich flavours!
1 and half cups mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream (full fat)
1 tbsp chilli paste. I used a Thai chilli paste.
1 tbsp dill (fresh preferred)
1/4 cup lime juice (fresh is preferred)
I packet fresh chives (10g)
1/2 to 1 Spanish onion, chopped small
1 small red capsicum, chopped small
1 cup cooked bacon bits
1/2 cup celery, chopped small
2 large spring onion chopped
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
- Start with the bacon and pan fry to desired crunch level
- Boil some water for the pasta.
- While bacon is frying, chop capsicum, celery, spring onion and Spanish onion. Put aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix together sour cream, Mayo, chilli paste, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper. Mix until all elements are combined.
- When water has boiled, add pasta and cook to al dente. Drain, and wash with cold water straight away.
- get your bacon and chopped vegies and mix into the sauce mixture. Then, add the sauce mixture to the pasta and incorporate.
- Optional: add chilli flakes to add more zing and depth.
- Tip: if you have the time to make this earlier than you need to eat it, do so. This is way better the next day!