This is one of my favorite pasta salads (although I don’t know if I’ve ever met a pasta I didn’t like). My mom works in an elementary school and they have lots of potluck lunches. My family has benefitted from this fact for many years as we have picked up many family favorites from said luncheons and this pasta salad is no exception. It has been named “Lukie’s Pasta Salad” after the woman who always brought it.
The sugar and sweetened condensed milk give the salad a deliciously sweet taste which is not overpowering due to the mayo and zingy vinegar. It does seem like an odd list of ingredients, but trust me…it’s good!
It is super important to make this pasta salad the night before. It gives the noodles time to soak up the delicious sauce and thicken up. If you don’t make it beforehand it will still be good but will be runny and the flavors won’t be as developed.
Lukie’s Pasta Salad
1 lb. penne or spiral pasta, cooked according to package directions
1 (15 oz.) jar mayo
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup vinegar
1 cup sugar
Medium green pepper, diced
Small onion, finely diced
1/2-3/4 cup shredded carrot
Mix together all ingredients and chill overnight.