RECIPE: Marinated Mostaccioli Salad

blizladyJuly 15, 2008

A co-worker brought this to a recent pot luck lunch. It is a very refreshing summer pasta salad that can be made (or actually is best made) several days in advance:


1# box mostaccioli noodles. Cook according to package directions and drain. Mix with ¼ cup cooking oil.

In blender mix:

1 T salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 T dry parsley flakes

½ tsp. pepper

2 tsp. yellow prepared mustard

1 ½ cups sugar

1 ½ cups vinegar

Pour over noodles

Chop finely:

1 green pepper

1 medium onion

1 cucumber (peel & remove seeds)

Add to noodle mixture and stir.

Put in covered bowl and refrigerate for 3-4 days.

Stir twice a day.

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What kind of vinegar did you use?

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 5:26PM
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That sounds really good. I would suspect with that amount of sugar, you could use white vinegar, but red wine is my favorite for pasta salads.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 12:49PM
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That's almost exactly the same as my mostaccioli salad....I haven't amde it in years!
Use cider vinegar.....white vinegar will give it a "chemical" taste and if you use red wine vinegar the whole dish will take on a most unpleasant color!
I also put a fair amount of oregano in my mostaccioli salad.
Linda C

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 5:05PM
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The coloring never looked bad to me. I think a little pinkish is better than brownish looking... plus it tastes better, IMHO! And, I'm not sure I could handle a cup and a half of cider vinegar in a recipe even with that much sugar! I usually only use a tablespoon or so of cider vinegar in most recipes, and cut it with other milder vinegars if/when needed. Wouldn't that much burn your mouth?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 7:43PM
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Most vinegars are made to a measured acidity....white vinegar to 10% and cider vinegar to 5%. Most red wine vinegars are also standardized to 5% but not all, some are less acedic.
No, cider vinegar won't burn your mouth, I think you are confusing it with white vinegar. Actually cider vinegar is one of the "milder" vinegars...outside of a 15 year old balsamic there's not much besides champagne vinegar that is "milder".
I suppose that if you only used a couple of tablespoons of red wine vinegar it wouldn't be very pink, but it might be awfully sweet...and with a whole pound of pasta wouldn't you need something to moisten it all, it would be pretty dry with just 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar 1 1/2 cups of sugar, some yellow mustard and a cucumber, pepper and an onion.
So you are saying you would put 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 2 T mustard and 2 T of red wine vinegar over 1 pound of cooked pasta with the veggies and 1/4 cup salad oil?
I'd be interested to hear how it turns out.
Linda C

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 11:58PM
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