Grown-Up Macaroni Recipes That Your Kids Will Love Too
Farmers Market Pasta Salad
Recipe: Farmers Market Pasta Salad
This fresh pasta salad recipe features penne pasta but you can swap in cheese-filled tortellini if you’re looking for a hearty substitute.
Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes
If you’re not a fan of dill, use basil, mint or parsley instead. Any shape of macaroni will do in this recipe, but you can also opt for a whole-wheat variety. It will add a more earthy flavor to the dish.
Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, and Basil
Corkscrew-shaped cavatappi pasta is a fun noodle to use in this recipe, but swap in elbow macaroni or rotini if you prefer. To make the most of the delicious Herb Vinaigrette, add have the vinaigrette while preparing the dish and the other half just before serving.
Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
Recipe: Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
If you can’t find casarecce pasta, use penne instead. You’re going to love the bright taste of lemon and shallots in this light supper recipe.
Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Recipe: Field Pea and Pasta Salad
This picnic-ready pasta salad features mini bowtie macaroni—also known as farfalle.
Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad
Recipe: Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad
This is a healthy alternative to those mayo-laden macaroni salad recipes that seem to be on the menu for every summer cookout. We used a tangy combination of low-fat plain Greek yogurt, olive oil, fresh dill, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper, and garlic to create the delicious dressing.
One-Pot Pasta with Tomato-Basil Sauce
This recipe is as simple as throwing all the ingredients in a pot. We recommend using casarecce or fusilli macaroni to keep the cook time consistent.
Tomato-and-Gorgonzola Pasta Salad
We used rigatoni in this pasta salad, but feel free to use any macaroni variety you have on-hand. You can also swap in a different variety of tomato or cheese if you prefer.
Marinated Greek-Style Pasta
Recipe: Marinated Greek-Style Pasta
You can use elbow macaroni for this recipe if you want something a little more casual. Make this pasta for your next cookout and keep leftovers in the fridge for a quick lunch during the week.
Springtime Pasta with Bacon
Recipe: Springtime Pasta with Bacon
You can eat this pasta either hot or cold. We called for orecchiette pasta, but farfalle is a good substitute.
Confetti Pasta Salad
Recipe: Confetti Pasta Salad
We used small shell macaroni, grape tomatoes, fresh spinach, yellow bell pepper, red onion, fresh dill, and feta cheese in this tasty pasta salad.
Recipe: Roquefort Noodles
It’s important to opt for a high-quality blue cheese for this noodle recipe. We tested with Superior Touch Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base.
Hugh’s Southern Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Hugh’s Southern Mac and Cheese
Use corkscrew cavatappi pasta or any other macaroni shape for this recipe. We used a combination of Cheddar and Gruyere cheeses to get the perfect flavor combination.
Chris’ Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Chris’ Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese
You can use either rotini or fusilli in this recipe. Mexican-style chorizo gives a bit of heat to this cheesy masterpiece.