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Wacky Mac Three Bean Pasta Salad

Updated on August 16, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

4.7 stars from 6 ratings of Wacky Mac Three Bean Pasta Salad
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Growing up my grandmother would be the first to tell you she was not the best of cooks, but the dishes she did make she perfected each time she made. She was notorious for writing a recipe down, only to rewrite this same recipe the next time she made it and changed it ever so slightly to her liking. She did this over and over with so many of her recipes and was a perfectionist.

And one of her favorite sayings was as follows: "Too many cooks in the kitchen." Meaning if she was in the kitchen that was enough for her and none of the rest of us needed to be in there adding their two cents. After awhile she generalized this even if one of us was butting into something where our nose didn't belong, but you get the picture.

Well, my grandmother loved making a three bean salad in the summertime when they would barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs. I will never forget these barbecues and especially her three bean salad.

Those who follow me know at my bridal shower my mom had the attendees write down their favorite recipes on a recipe card she enclosed in the invitation she sent out. Well, my grandmother had my mom write down her recipe for me for my bridal shower for the recipe she most wanted to share with me on my special day and for the rest of my life.

My grandmother had dry macular degeneration of the eyes. According to the Mayo Health Clinic, dry macular degeneration is a chronic eye disease that causes vision loss in the center of your field of vision. Dry macular degeneration is marked by deterioration of the macula, which is in the center of the retina or the layer of tissue on the inside back wall of your eyeball. Simply put, my grandmother had poor vision at this point and could no longer see except for her peripheral vision, so she needed help with simple day-to-day activities, such as writing something down like this recipe.

Even with this condition, my grandmother was front and center for my bridal shower, as well as my wedding and for that I will always be thankful that I had her love and support for those very special days of my life. She did pass away in February 2010 and will be missed forever.

I still use her Three Bean Salad Recipe, but added my own twist with the Wacky Mac Pasta and like to think my grandmother would have loved this recipe if not just as much as her own at least understood that just like she was in her kitchen, in mine I am the cook and to quote her, "Too many cooks in the kitchen!"

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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Can String Beans
  • 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can Wax Beans
  • 1/2 Cup Vidalia Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • Sprinkle with a dash of Pepper and Oregano
  • 1 Package Wacky Mac Pasta
  1. Boil Water and add pasta once water comes to a full boil. Add Wacky Mac Pasta and cook according to package directions until pasta is soft.
  2. Chop onion, add the cans of beans. Then add the olive oil and red vinegar. Mix these ingredients all together.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, fully drain the water. Shock the pasta with ice cold water to stop the cooking process.
  4. Add the pasta to the bean mixture and stir all together. Top with pepper and oregano for taste. Refrigerate for a few hours to be able to serve chilled.
  5. When serve you can top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!

Ave Maria--One of My Grandmother's Favorites That Reminds Me of Her:

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Natashalh, beans and noodles happen to be delicious together and learned that at an early age from my grandmother. Something about the two just never gets old for me. Glad to share and do hope you enjoy :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Sen.sush23, thank you for your kind and thoughtful words about my grandmother. She would have loved that others were using one of her favorite recipes and that it was being passed on so to speak. Glad you will try and hope you enjoy. Thank you also for the votes too :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I have literally never thought to combine noodles and beans. You just opened a whole world of possibilities for me!

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      Sushmita 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Janine, I believe that when favorite recipes come with a bit of personal history- they become even more tasty. What is food and travel- if not for the company? Loved your grandmother, and love the recipe. It is easy, nutritious and tasty (this I am assuming); I will give it a try immediately. Voted up and away.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Peggy, I truly will always think of my grandmother when I hear Ave Maria and probably always will. That said I am glad you stopped by and enjoyed the reason behind the recipe share (my bridal shower) and the recipe itself. Thank you also for your kind words about my grandmother (I miss her so much and this truly was a bit of therapeutic way to deal with her loss by sharing this one here in her memory. Also, thanks for the votes and share too :) Very appreciated!!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I love the song Ave Maria also. It is so beautiful as are your memories of your grandmother. What a nice idea for a bridal shower to have people write down their favorite recipes for you! This Wachy Mac 3 bean pasta salad sounds like a winner even if you tweaked your grandmother's recipe a bit. She is probably smiling down at you from heaven with approval in her eyes. Up votes and shared. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Myz, it truly is very easy to make and quite tasty. I hope get to try it soon :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      one of the interesting recipe i've read. I never seen this or heard of this before but really sound delicious. :)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Jackie, sorry to hear you just threw out some pasta salad, but do hope you get to try this salad very soon and enjoy!! Thank you for stopping by and for commenting too :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I just threw out some pasta salad, will try this next time, am sure it is terrific. I had a wonderful mamaw, too, that we gave way the kitchen to.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Deborah, this truly has helped me with the sense of loss that I still feel to this day and I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother too. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words here. I really do appreciate it.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for sharing the story about your grandmother and her recipe. I did a tribute hub about one of my grandmother's recipes, and it really brought back wonderful memories for me, as I'm sure this one did for you.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, my grandparents were truly my world and such a huge part of my life growing up. Since they are no longer with us, I have honestly found writing about them helps keep a part of them still kind of alive and still with me. It is an outlet of sorts for me to cope with the hole left by their loss. That said I am sure your grandchildren will remember all the nice and wonderful things you did for them too. Thank you so much again for the lovely comment, votes and for the 5 stars too!!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      This was so nice: not only the recipe, but to hear about your Grandmother. I hope my grandchildren can remember good things about me as you do for yours.

      I gave you 5 stars and voted UP, etc.etc.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Tracy, my grandmother was definitely spunky and can totally agree with you on that. Thank you for your condole scenes. It seems to really help me to write about her and my grandfather too. For so long, I didn't have an outlet to channel my feelings of loss of these 2 very special people in my life, but now with my writing again at this point in my life I have been able to express so much of it here. Thank you for reading and commenting, it is truly appreciated!!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Sounds like you had a spunky Grandma, I am sorry to hear of her passing. This is a beautiful tribute to her and that she can live on here in this way. Nothing like a healthy people pleasing summer dish with the Grandma stamp of approval to boot -.can't wait to try it out! Also great tune by Buble, he touches me every time. Good food + good music = great hub! *5 stars*

      Tracy

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you Christy for saying such kind and lovely words here about my grandmother. I do hope where ever my grandmother is now that she is looking down and smiling on us and knows just how much I loved her and miss her. That said writing about her has been a huge help and outlet for the loss that I feel sometimes when I think of her. Thank you again for your support, comment, votes and for sharing too!!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your grandmother sounds sweet and she would love the way you honour her by writing about her Janine. Your love shows within each word. You carry on her recipe with a modern twist, I like that. I vote up, beautiful, and sharing too.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Dianna for your comment and thoughtful words here. Glad to see that you served this or something similar and sounds like you too enjoyed this dish.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I forgot about this salad idea. When I lived in the midwest this was a dish served often at meals -- at least once a week. Great sharing on this and your story is so touching.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Sally, from what you wrote my grandmother would have loved you and gotten along with you famously. She was a very outgoing and friendly woman and so would have loved someone else who wrote and re-wrote their recipes over and over so as to perfect it. When my grandmother passed on, we found many of her recipes and the rewrites too. So I do think I have a bit of an idea of what your daughter will find someday. As for Wacky Mac, the first time I found it was in our local Stop and Shop, they truly carry so many different brands and if you have one near you I would say give that a shot. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting too!!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Not only do I love this recipe, I love the story about your grandmother. I identify so much with her...I've got sheets and sheets of REAL paper showing how I'v adjusted recipes to get them just right. God bless my child when I'm gone and she wants to figure these things out.

      I do have to say I've never heard of Wacky Mac pasta. But, I'm on that!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Breakfastpop, I too am a bean lover so this one was always so good to me. And agree that grandmothers always right too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting too!!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      This recipe has it all for me. I am a bean lover. As for Grandmothers, well they were always right!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Totally agree Olbizz. My grandmother was the best to me on so many levels and this one is totally for her. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!!

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      olbizz 5 years ago from Philippines

      Grandmothers are really great cooks.. This is one of those tributes for the grandmothers...

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Joseph, my grandmother would have loved that I quoted her saying "Too many cooks in the kitchen!" Seriously, I joked with her once that I was going to say that in her eulogy and she laughed harder than I think I had ever heard her laugh. My grandmother did indeed spoil me. I was her first grandchild and how she doted on me as a baby and a small child. As I was growing up, she was still there for me always (even lived with us) and how I do miss her. I am hoping that others, including yourself will enjoy her recipe and know that would have made her happy. Thanks again for all your support and loved that you quoted Ave Maria on here too!!!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Grandmothers! We got spolied by them! That's why we will never grow up! Lol! Now to the Pasta bonus of the day! Too many cooks in the kitchen? So funny! Sorry to hear, on a serious side, she departed. My prayers for her!

      String Beans, Red Kidney Beans and Wax Beans??? Wow! I felt the delicious impact!

      I can cook myself this one!

      "Maria Gratia plenaa" what a wonderful song. "Benedicta tu eres.."

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you for your continued kindness and on here as well. My grandmother took losing her vision very badly and remember my grandfather taking her when It first started to happen to a specialist in NYC to see if he could help and it was deemed untreatable, because it was dry not wet at the time. My poor grandmother cried when she realized that it was untreatable and irreversible and will never forget how seeing that just broke my heart. In time she learned to deal, but the initial shock just hurt her so. Thank you again and do hope you try to enjoy too!! I know she is smiling down knowing that others are still so enjoying her recipes.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Blessings to your dear grandmother and prayers a well. I often wonder why the things we enjoy and love the most are sometimes the very first things we lose, such as her inability to see for cooking and reading recipes. It's a lesson to enjoy what we have while we have it.

      And I will be enjoying her lovely recipe as well my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, so happy to share. I too love the combination of these two and hope you get to try this one soon!! Thank you again for everything!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love Wacky Mac and pasta salads! Great recipe, thank you for sharing!:)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, thank you and now you sound like my dad about not bein able to make it delicious. Seriously, I hope Bev makes this one for you and you get to enjoy it too!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It looks absolutely delicious my friend; passing it on to Bev because if I made it, it would not be delicious. Thanks for the tip and for being who you are.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Another thing we have in common Josh, I love listening to Ave Maria especially the Buble cover, because he does it such justice. Thanks for being so understanding about missing my grandmother and not thinking that I am selfish for wishing for a bit more time.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are very welcome Janine! It is not selfish to have wanted to spend more time with your grandmother. Ave Maria is an amazing song! If I was not currently at work I would be playing it right now! :)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Josh. I miss my grandmother terribly and have so many wonderful memories of her. I was truly lucky enough to have her for over 32 years in my life, but still selfish when I say I wish I could have had a bit more time. That said this one is very special to me, because it came from my grandmother. I had to include Buble and Ave Maria was the only choice. It was truly a favorite of hers this song. When I got married, she made me promise to have it playing at our wedding. Anyway, thank you again repeatedly for all your help and support!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      What an awesome tribute yet again to your grandmother! She seemed like an amazing person who I am sure you loved very much! I enjoy reading your recipes, because you start them off with your enjoyable memories and stories! This recipe looks delicious and also easy to make! Thanks for sharing Janine, and the video at the end, Awesome! I love Buble'!