Coleslaw & Jalapeno Pasta Salad

Jalapeno Coleslaw Salad With Eggs

I was out all day yesterday at the Christchurch Food Festival – and still managed to come home starving ūüôā

I opened the fridge and discovered I still needed to get through a few things in there, in particular the jalapeno coleslaw I’d made, some¬†microwave boiled eggs I’d made and the seemingly never-ending tomatoes. ¬†The most sensible solution seemed to be to make a simple pasta salad, using the jalapeno coleslaw (as it needed using up).

I used my microwave noodle bowls to cook the pasta, which is Sainsbury’s basic range of macaroni – the reason for this is that the fitted lid will prevent the liquid from boiling over – also, as it’s a fitted lid, it means that the moisture’s kept in, so I wouldn’t need as much water.

I did this as a “one pot meal” – after I’d drained and cooled the pasta, I returned it to the original bowl, mixed in the jalapeno, mayonnaise/coleslaw and ate it from the bowl!

Ingredients:  Coleslaw Jalapeno Pasta Salad

  • 60 grams dry macaroni
  • 2-3 heaped tablespoons Jalapeno coleslaw – I used what I had left, to use it up
  • 1 teaspoon of oil, well, a “splash” really
  • Salt for seasoning, if you wish
  • Boiling water, optional

Method:

  1. Place the macaroni, the oil and salt in a microwave safe container (preferably with a fitted lid). The oil stops the macaroni sticking together so readily – if you don’t have oil, you can still do this, without oil just expect to have to¬†break up clumps of macaroni as it’s cooking.
  2. Add boiling water so it is about ¬Ĺcm¬†above the level of the pasta. ¬†You can add more as it’s cooking, but keeping the volume low prevents the microwave dish spilling over. ¬†The boiling water is optional – you can use cold water and just add 1 minute to the overall cooking time as the microwave will have to boil the water first.
  3. Fit the lid – and open the vent if you’re using a click n lock style microwave bowl.
  4. Microwave on half power for 2 minutes. Stir and return to the microwave oven
  5. Microwave (still on half power) & stir every 2 minutes until the macaroni is cooked, which you can do by taste.  It should take about 8 minutes (my microwave is 800 watts).
  6. Strain the water off and rinse the macaroni through with cold water to cool it quickly (because we’re using this as a cold salad item).
  7. Add the jalapeno coleslaw to the pasta and mix it all in.
  8. Optionally top the jalapeno pasta salad with random salad items you’ve got available, I had boiled eggs and tomatoes!

Eat.

You can store this in the fridge for 2-3 days in a covered pot. ¬†Don’t freeze it, it’ll come out manky ūüôā

Cooking Pasta in a Microwave:

Macaroni is very simple to cook – indeed, you can simply cook it without any oven, by covering it in boiling water and putting a lid on it – then waiting, occasionally replenishing the boiling water – all pasta will eventually soften in this way, hence “cooked”.

Using a microwave just speeds up this process. ¬†It’s the same as boiling¬†macaroni in a saucepan as all you’re doing is boiling the pasta in hot water! ¬†But, when you use a microwave, you don’t need as much water. ¬†What’s more important is to try to¬†prevent your microwave safe dish from spilling over. ¬†Simply start with enough water to cover the macaroni and check/top up the water and stir it a few times, say every 2 minutes.

Garden BBQ:

This jalapeno pasta salad is a great side dish for your garden BBQ Рif you use the lidded microwave bowls then you can make a few salads like this, then pop the lid on and put them in the fridge.  Make them a day ahead!

When you have your BBQ simply take them outside and onto the table. ¬†The lid’s handy¬†to keep the contents fresh and there’s no glassware to break! ¬†They’re also really easy to rinse out/wash once you’ve finished. ¬†They make great, cheery, serving dishes.

Menu Costs:

At the time of writing, Sainsbury’s macaroni at full price is ¬£1.20/Kg, or ¬£0.85/500grams. ¬†I’ve set one portion in this recipe to be 60 grams, which is a cost of ¬£0.07-¬£0.10. ¬†That’s a great frugal salad item that can then be pepped up with other ingredients to make a multitude of pasta salads!

As a side dish for a BBQ, where other food’ll be eaten, I’d probably be looking at factoring just 20-25 grams/person!

Everybody loves a pasta salad – and they’re so cheap to produce!