Macaroni and raisin salad

This pasta salad is weird, but it’s very useful on those days when you just can’t decide between a salad, raisins, and elbow macaroni (because you know that happens twice a week). It also has lots of flavor—maybe a little too much flavor—so it’s very filling.

Macaroni and pasta salad!

Caution:
Stoves, knives, and elbow macaroni are fun but dangerous; don’t hurt yourself.

Materials:

  • 4 ounces (1/4 box (unless your boxes are weird)) elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup seedless dark raisins
  • 2/3 cup yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/3 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 large or 1 small bell pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons (if you chop it into tiny pieces) basil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons (if you chop it into tiny pieces) onion

Additional materials:

  • 1 mini food processor (or, you know, a boring normal-sized one)
  • 1 mesh sieve
  • 1 medium-sized bowl
  • 2 small bowls
  • 1 cup
  • 1 water filter
  • Lots of water
  • Implements and salt for cooking pasta

Procedure:

  1. Set the mesh sieve over a small bowl, and put the yogurt in the mesh sieve. Leave it there.
  2. Cook the macaroni.
  3. Rinse all your vegetables with cold water from the filter.
  4. Put the garlic clove through the food processor until it’s in tiny pieces. Move the garlic to the medium-sized bowl. Add the vinegar and the sugar.
  5. Put the onion through the food processor until it, too, is in tiny pieces. Without removing the onion, put the basil through the food processor until it is chopped up. Move the onion and basil to the second small bowl.
  6. Put the bell pepper through the food processor until it is chopped into small (but not tiny) pieces. Add this to the second small bowl, too.
  7. Put the cup of raisins in the cup. Boil a cup of water and add it to the raisins. Let it sit for a minute or so, until the raisins are plump and juicy. Then drain the raisins and rinse them in cold water from the filter until they are no longer hot. Drain one final time.
  8. When the pasta is cooked but still firm, rinse it with cold water from the filter.
  9. Transfer the yogurt from the sieve to the medium-size bowl (the garlic, vinegar, and sugar mixture) and mix. Add the macaroni and stir until it is coated in yogurt. Add the contents of the second small bowl and finally the raisins. Stir until mixed.
  10. Chill.
  11. Eat.
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~ by science cow on May 19, 2010.

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