Summertime means family gatherings, barbecues, picnics and at least around here, any of the above combined with a trip to the lake. At almost any of these events you’re sure to find a version of the ubiquitous pasta salad. It’s a perennial favorite, loved by young and old alike. Often taken for granted, but a sure crowd pleaser nonetheless.
This particular version was crafted by the lovely and ever-talented Mrs. Seat of her Pants (with a tiny bit of help from yours truly) for the first barbecue in our new home. It was an instant hit with our family and raves about her cooking were topped only by the Oooh’s and Ahhhh’s in regards to the pork that had been smoking quietly all day. (6 lbs eaten at one party… It’s a record for me.)
So it’s with wishes of a wonderful summer with family and friends that I present our family’s favorite macaroni salad recipe. I hope that whether you try this dish or not, your summer is filled with leisure, food, fun and times with loved ones that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Macaroni Salad with Cheddar and Pepper Bacon Recipe
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
What I would have done Differently had I thought of it at the time:
Absolutely nothing. My wife made this dish and it was absolutely amazing. In fact, it managed to be on the table three times before it was finally devoured. It’s a family favorite and will remain so for years to come.
Do you have a family favorite recipe for barbecues or picnics? I’d love to hear about it. If you’ve got another recipe for macaroni salad, I’m sure we’d all love to hear about that, too. Just drop a comment.
Links to other recipes like this:
- Bowtie Pasta Salad with Caramelized Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes, and Gorgonzola Cheese, from Busy Nothings
- Shrimp and Macaroni Salad, from Kalyn’s Kitchen
- Mayo Free Salad Ideas: Quick and Easy Kimchi Macaroni Salad Recipe
, from Hugging the Coast
Jerry, this really sounds good. A definite try! You can’t go wrong with bacon and cheese.
Really? Did you need to tempt me with bacon today? I am drooling over your photo….
Sounds great, I SO need a new Mac salad recipe! I’ll be trying it out next week. :-)
Sounds like a great twist on the traditional macaroni salad.
Sounds yummy to me but I’d probably not get away with the mayo around the MoH. I usually have to use sour cream. But he’s a complete sucker for sharp cheddar, and the bacon seals the deal. Nice recipe Mrs. Pants. ; ) And Happy First BBQ! Jerry, isn’t 6 lbs. of pork a bit too much for one guy to enjoy? Hahahahahahaha!
It’s a good recipe, you’ll love it. Let us know what you think of it!
It’s a simple twist, but simple is sometimes better… OK, It’s always better.
I’m sure you could sub sour cream for the mayo, or just add more ranch… Either way would be fine. And I meant that we went through 6 lbs of pork at one party. Not that I ate it all (In one day, anyway)
I think there is as much versions of the traditionnal mac n cheese recipe as there are people loving it…
But this one looks fantastic!
Love the addition of the olives and the eggs. Mmm the ultimate comfort food!
Fabulous recipe and the Pepper Bacon wash an inspiration.