Not your typical "pasta salad," this side dish has marshmallows, whipped topping, and various fruits. I guess the fruit makes it healthy-ish. :)
Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 20mins
Chill Time: 2hrs
Total Time: 2hrs25mins
1 cup + 2 tablespoonsacini di pepe pasta
20ozcan crushed pineapple - drained and juice reserved *see notes
111 ozcan mandarin oranges - drained and juice reserved
8ozcontainer frozen whipped topping - thawed
1 1/2cupsmini marshmallows
Cook the acini di pepe in salted boiling water until al dente. Run under cold water. Drain. Place the pasta in a large bowl.
In a saucepan stir the reserved pineapple juice, reserved mandarin oranges juice, sugar, eggs, salt, and cornstarch. Turn the heat to medium and cook until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Pour over the cooked pasta and refrigerate until chilled.
Once cold, (and just before serving) stir in the crushed pineapple and oranges, whipped topping, and marshmallows. Serve cold.
*when draining the pineapple you'll want to gently squeeze the pineapple so that it releases more of its juices. (Don't ring out... just gently press it so that the pineapple isn't still soaked in its' juices). Does that make sense?? Hope so.