Old Fashioned Amish Macaroni Salad Recipe. Straight out a Lancaster Pennsylvania cookbook, an authentic Amish pasta salad recipe that’s bold in flavor and creamy in texture. A perfect side dish for BBQ chicken, burger or ribs.
Growing up on a wheat farm in the middle of Kansas, horse drawn carriages, Amish straw hats and girls in full length dresses wearing kapps were very common site in our community.
Yoder, a nearby town is the hub of the local Amish Community and is named after the town’s founder. It’s the largest Amish community in Kansas.
With that said, I’m no stranger to Amish cuisine. We were regulars at Carriage Crossing, probably the most famous Amish eatery in the community. The Dutch Kitchen, for homemade cinnamon rolls and homemade noodles, and Carolines in Arlington for some of the best homemade anything you can imagine. Bread comes to mind.
A few weeks ago, our good friends Greg and Cauleen traveled back east to visit family in Lancaster, PA. Which as we know has the largest concentration of Amish in the United States.
They brought us back some great Amish food souvenirs including the Lancaster cookbook from which I prepared the above Dutch Amish macaroni salad and an array of other Amish country goodies.
Kitchen Kettle website tells me that they’ve been preserving the bounty of Lancaster County PA for over 50 years and offer an assortment of jams, jellies, sauces, relishes and baked goods including a Shoofly pie that they’ll ship to your doorstep if you’d like.
They also have a recipe section for their products, so I’ll be anxious to see what I can whip up with that jar of pineapple jalapeno jam.
Cauleen will notice that there are three jars missing. What went quick was the Chow Chow, the Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and those tiny little sweet Pickled Beets.
Their pickled beets were amazing, but not quite as good as our homemade Pickled Beets. So far everything has been delicious, a great and flavorful product line.
Authentic Amish Recipes
Also in the cache was a Lancaster County Cookbook.
The book is a collection of recipes submitted by residents of Lancaster County many of whom are famous for their Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.
You’ll find Authentic Amish Recipes like:
- Pepper Cabbage
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Creamed Celery
- Apple Dumplings
- Whoopie Pies
- Funnel Cakes, and
- Shoofly Pie.
Overflowing with old-time, traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Amish recipes, this book is right up my alley.
A simple paperback no nonsense cookbook, the only glossy photos you’ll find are a collection showing us the villages and people of Lancaster County.
Complete with essays about the area, it’s a great addition to my cookbook collection.Recipe for old fashioned pasta salad
Macaroni Salad With Evaporated Milk
One recipe that will always catch my eye is a good old fashioned macaroni salad. Enter this Amish macaroni salad recipe.
Something about it reminded me the old-fashioned macaroni salad that my mom used to serve up when I was a kid. It turned out to be incredibly flavorful.
Creamy with mayonnaise, tangy and sweet from the mustard, sugar combination.
Adding in evaporated milk, the mixture was perfect for the al dente pasta to soak up for a creamy end result texture.
And with the crunch of celery, carrot and onion, this pasta salad is packed with flavor.
Miracle Whip Was Our Dressing
I found it interesting that the recipe called for “dressing”.
Growing up in Kansas and following any recipe, the word dressing always meant Miracle Whip. I actually grew up calling Miracle Whip “dressing”.
The sweeter flavor seemed to compliment all of those dishes.
Let’s take a look.
A simple recipe to put together, you can see ingredient measurements in the above recipe photo and see that I’ve adjusted the amount of sugar and increased mustard. It was just too sweet for us.
Recipe for Amish Macaroni Salad
If you notice in the photo of the recipe in the cookbook, it calls for 1 1/2 cups sugar. I have scaled it back to 1 cup sugar and increased the vinegar. You may want to start with 3/4 cup sugar and add as you see fit.
I hope you give this Amish salad a try, and if you do, please come back and give the recipe a star rating.
And if you have a favorite Amish Pasta Salad recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
More Pasta Salad Recipes
- The Best Pasta Salad Recipe Ever
- Pioneer Woman’s Favorite Pasta Salad
- Creamy Smoked Mozzarella Penne Pasta Salad
- Creamy BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad
- Old Fashioned Classic Macaroni Salad
And if you’re looking for more side dish recipes, don’t miss my Side Dish Category. You’ll find lots of great recipes including a fun lineup of potato salad recipes. And the most popular side dish recipe on my site for good old fashioned Broccoli Cheez Whiz Rice Casserole.
Old Fashioned Lancaster County Macaroni Salad. An authentic Amish pasta salad recipe that's bold in flavor and creamy in texture
- 1 pound macaroni uncooked
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 1 carrot grated
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 4 hard boiled eggs divided
- For the dressing
- 4 egg yolks hard boiled
- 4 tablespoons prepared mustard
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup mayonnaise or Miracle White
- 5 ounce Can of Evaporated milk
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain, rinse and cool. Stir celery, carrot and onion into macaroni.
- Dice whites of eggs into salad.
To prepare dressing mash hard boiled egg yolks with mustard and blend well. Add sugar, mayonnaise, milk, vinegar and salt to egg and mustard mixture. Pour over macaroni and vegetables. Mixture will appear soupy. Chill well, preferably overnight before serving.
This recipe is fun to experiment with different shaped pastas. Enjoy.
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