Friday, February 24, 2012

Grandma's Creamy Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts

I haven't been very good at blogging lately, now have I? I have a lot of posts that are nearly finished yet I have not posted any of them yet. A lot of things have happened in our family with my mom's health, so we are all just trying to hang in there, praying like crazy, and hoping for God's healing. As days go on, we try to adjust to normal life again, and take it in stride. As things like this happen, other things that are not important by comparison fall to the way side. Yes, such as this here blog. Little by little I'll get back on track with it, and I'll continue to fill you in on my mom's health as time progresses.

Soon to come Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Icecream, Apple Butter, the mighty-savory Pork Roast with Citrus Honey Glaze, and maybe a couple others. For now, here is a delicious and easy go to recipe to fill in the gaps. It's my Grandma's Creamy Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts. I've recreated this recipe using a bunch of varieties, such as adding chopped spinach, olives, or feta. Have fun with it and you'll have an easy go to side dish always tucked away in your memory's recipe box. 

Creamy Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts
Time: 5 min Serves: 4

1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups cooked Orzo pasta
4 green onions, chopped
1, 6 oz jar artichoke hearts (drained and sliced)
1 1/2 tbsp basil, chopped or sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

How To:
Mix all ingredients together, and taste for more mayo or seasonings. Chill until ready to serve.
In the one pictured above I also added chopped spinach leaves, finely diced celery, sliced parmesan, olives, and oregano.

Grandma's Notes: I add a little Italian salad dressing and I suppose you could add olives or peas, etc.

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