At some point, i turned to the meat eater and said 'tuna pasta salad?' and he was all like, 'ok, whats in it?' and when i mentioned mayo, his response was, 'um, EW?'
and then i realized that tuna pasta salad - one of my favorite things - must be another one of those single behaviours that i didnt even know was strange...
to me, its perfectly logical... tuna salad = good. pasta salad = good. tuna pasta salad = good!
he couldnt think of anything better, so tuna pasta salad it was. ha! forget food pictures, i should have taken a video of his expressions as i was putting it all together... 'wait, you're putting MUSTARD in it?' 'um, what else do we have in the house if this is gross?' 'maybe i should just order something now?'
That first night (oh, because, spoiler alert: we made it twice last week) i made it two ways... His with tomatos and parmesan and mine with celery and feta. I tried both and realized that the feta - not so much... it was fine, but not particularly interesting... kinda just tuna salad with feta and pasta - not so much anything that made it seem cohesive at all...
but the tomatoes & parmesan - now we were talking....
I'll have you all know, the reason we had it twice? oh, cause the skeptical meat-eater? he requested it the second time...
Tuna Pasta Salad
courtesy of me
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5 oz pasta of your choice (we made campanelle once and orecchiette the second time. Shells work too.)
2 5oz cans solid white albacore tuna in water, drained
1/4 c light mayo
1 - 2 tsp spicy brown mustard
1 14.5 oz can zesty diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 c grated parmesan
Prepare pasta according to directions on pacakge. cool under cold water to stop cooking & cool pasta down. Set aside
Prepare tuna salad - combine tuna, light mayo and spicy brown mustard first. then add salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to taste. (I like a decent amount of each - a few shakes - but i always start slow and build up because nothing ruins this faster than too much garlic or onion powder...)
Once tuna salad is to your liking (it will most likely be a bit dryer than you usually would eat it), add in the tomatoes & parmesan.
Once all is combined, check the taste again and adjust accordingly. You may find that you still want a bit more mayo or maybe a bit more spice. I generally add a bit more onion and pepper at this point but it all depends on how heavy handed i was to begin with...