Pigeon’s Recipes for Busy/Lazy People: One Pot, One Bowl Pasta Salad

Here’s the third entry in my ongoing quick and dirty recipe series. Today’s recipe is the quickest and dirtiest one yet: pasta salad you can make even when you just do not feel like cooking. As always, the ingredients pictured are what I felt like using the day of the photo shoot. Change things up and make it your own.

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First, start boiling your eggs, since that’ll take a while. I like it best when the yoiks are runny. You know what a pain hard-boiling eggs the way you want them can be. Experiment.

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While your eggs are boiling, cut up your salad stuff. I always choose vegetables that don’t have to be cooked. If you want to complicate this by cooking your vegetables, go right ahead.

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If you really want to make this as meal-like as possible, add a can of tuna for a meat-ish and protein-y touch.

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Cheese is always a plus. I usually go with these cubes of gouda. (Open bag, dump into bowl.)

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Put everything in a big bowl. Cut/rip up your boiled eggs (take the shells off first) and put them in, too.

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Next, we boil the pasta. PROTIP: Boil the pasta in the same pot you just boiled the eggs in. I think tube-shaped pasta (macaroni, etc.) absorbs the flavors best. Boil the pasta for one minute LONGER than it says on the package.

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When the pasta’s done boiling, drain it and run it under cold water to cool it off. Add it to the bowl with the other ingredients.

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Dressing: my go-to dressing is vinegar + olive oil  + Krazy Mixed-Up Salt. If you do this, add, mix, taste, and add more if necessary.

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All done! Everything’s in one bowl, it’s a semi-balanced meal, and you only dirtied one pot. Pretty good!

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