Fruit Pasta Dessert

    Fruit Pasta Dessert

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    This unusual dessert recipe calls for acini di pepe, which is a kind of pasta that looks like peppercorns. Risoni would work as well.

    Serves: 10 

    • 1 cup acini di pepe pasta
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 (450g) tin crushed pineapple, drained
    • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 (310g) tin mandarin segments, drained and halved
    • 1 cup tinned grapes
    • 2 cups miniature marshmallows (mallow bakes)
    • 2 1/2 cups thickened cream, whipped
    • 1/4 cup maraschino cherries, minced

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours40min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to packet directions; drain and reserve.
    2. In a small saucepan beat eggs with a wire whisk until foamy. Stir in reserved pineapple juice, lemon juice, sugar, butter and salt.
    3. Cook mixture over low heat until thickened and coats the spoon; stir constantly for 2 minutes and cool to room temperature.
    4. In a large bowl combine pasta, pineapple, oranges, grapes and marshmallows; mix well. Fold in egg mixture and whipped cream; cover and chill.
    5. When chilled stir mixture and garnish with cherries; serve.

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