Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cool Cucumber Pasta

This recipe was in the local newspaper on Tuesday, the Standard Examiner who I believe found the recipe at Taste of Home. I love cucumber and onions together and this sounded very similar to a recipe of mine that I posted last year. Mine called for tomatoes instead of pasta and it had alot less dressing but very similar. Overall we liked the recipe. I used bow tie pasta instead of the penne pasta because that's what I had on hand. Next time I make this though I will omit the dried parsley flakes and used dried or fresh oregano and/or basil. I'll also add a garlic paste since I like the taste of garlic.
8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl; stri in the oil, cucumbers, and onion.
In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the remaining ingredients; shake well. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and chill for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with a slotted spoon. Refrigerate leftovers. Serves 8-10.

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