On a budget and looking for dinner ideas that use pantry staples? Here is a delicious collection of elbow pasta recipes!
Pasta recipes are not only filling but are a great way to stretch your grocery budget!
Mac and cheese is not the only thing you can make with elbow macaroni.
Elbow pasta is such a crowd pleasing staple and it is one of my go to comfort foods. It is also great for many side dishes, not just the main course.
What Meals Can You Make with Elbow Macaroni?
Honestly, the possibilities are endless. We love to make any of the following:
- pasta bake or casseroles in the oven
- homemade macaroni and cheese
- macaroni salad
- pasta salad
- one pot large skillet stove top recipes
Should You Put Olive Oil on Cooked Pasta?
My mother-in-law does. She either uses butter or olive oil or sometimes both. And I do it too. There is nothing worse than dry, stuck together pasta no matter the shape of the noodle.
How Do You Cook Elbow Pasta?
I bring a large pot of water to a boil. (I do add splash of olive oil to the water and season it with salt. I do this before adding the pasta to the water.) Once it’s at a boil I add the pasta and stir. I stir the pasta every 2-3 minutes just to make sure its not sticking and clumping together. Then I bring it back to a boil for 7-9 minutes. I then strain it and run cold water over it.
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Can You Freeze Elbow Pasta?
You can! I have used it in freezer meals many times. I just cook it al dente so that it holds it’s form and so it’s not overcooked when I reheat it after freezing.
How Many Minutes Should Elbow Macaroni be Cooked for it to be Al Dente?
I typically cook my pasta for 6-7 minutes if I want it to be al dente.
Can I Boil Pasta in the Microwave
I mean… you can. It is possible. I have a 12 year old who makes macaroni like this all the time.
But, it is a mess and honestly the pasta is a weird texture if you ask me.
Just do it on the stove top.
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