The first time I had this salad, I thought it was some sort of a cheese mixed with pasta. The original recipe was made with chili-mac pasta and hardboiled eggs. I now use rotini pasta and never use the eggs just because of their wonderful aroma :) The recipe instructions are based upon making it the night before. To make the same day, empty all the ingredients in together (including all of the Catalina dressing) and chill for at least 2 hours. Cooking time does not included chill time nor does it include cook time for hardboiled eggs.