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Jimmy Buffet Pasta Salad

If you're trying to amend your carnivorous habit and neither bun nor the beach is within reach, Jimmy Buffett Pasta Salad is the next best thing to a "cheeseburger in paradise". A bed of buttery, fluffy pasta is the vessel for this fun twist on the classic American creation. It's topped with everything Jimmy sings about; a big hunk of flavorful ground beef, crispy onions, crunchy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and savory cheddar cheese. These tasty ingredients swim in a sweet and creamy mayo-ketchup dressing that you might even want to dip your french-fried potatoes in. You'll be asking, "Which way do I steer?" to anchor your fork into some Jimmy Buffett Pasta Salad!

Ingredients
  

For the salad:

  • 12 ounces whole-wheat pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup pickles chopped
  • 1/2 cup lettuce shredded
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded

For the dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup

Instructions
 

  • Step 1 -Cook the pasta to al dente according to the package instructions. Drain the water from the pasta and place the pasta in a large bowl. Set aside to cool.
  • Step 2 -While the pasta is cooking, in a pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Step 3 -Sauté the veggie mixture until soft and fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Step 4 -Add the ground beef to the veggie mixture, crumbling while cooking until no longer pink, about 7-10 minutes. Season the cooked meat with more salt and pepper.
  • Step 5 -Drain the excess grease from the meat and place the meat in another bowl to cool.
  • Step 6 -Add the cooled meat mixture, tomatoes, red onion, pickles, lettuce, and cheddar cheese to the cooled pasta. Stir to combine.
  • Step 7 -In a small bowl, stir the ketchup and mayonnaise until smooth.
  • Step 8 -Pour the dressing over the salad.
  • Step 9 -Plate and serve.
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