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Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad with Miracle Whip & Mustard.  Ok, so it’s not exactly elbow macaroni salad, but even better —  it’s made with shell pasta.  It is however a “sister” salad of the store bought macaroni salad, but SO much better!

This salad is a great side to grilled anything – burgers, hot dogs, steak, options are endless.  Don’t forget to double or triple the recipe for larger get-togethers!

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Simple Macaroni Salad Recipe

This recipes normally takes about 25-30 minutes.  Serves 8-10 people.

Grocery List

  • 1/2 box of medium shell pasta
  • 1 can tuna
  • 1 can peas
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 small block of medium cheddar cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups of miracle whip (this is very important – do not use regular mayo!)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 tbsp of mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions & Recipe Tips

Cook one half of the box of shell pasta.  I normally buy the 1 pound box.  Cook the pasta according to box directions.  Rinse with cold water.  Warm pasta and miracle whip will not be a good combination! 🙂  Add the pasta to a medium-sized serving bowl.

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pasta

Drain the tuna and add it to the pasta.  The addition of tuna makes this salad sooo good!

Drain the can of peas and add.  Dice one medium onion and add.  The onion really brings out the flavor as well (hopefully you like onions!).

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Chop and add one small block of medium cheddar cheese.  (Try sharp cheese also if you are a sharp cheddar fan).

ingredients

The Sauce

Now for the sauce!***   In a separate bowl, combine the miracle whip, milk, mustard, sugar and salt.  Mix well.  Add the sauce to the pasta, peas, onion and cheese mixture.  Stir until everything is well coated.

Chill for several hours before serving.

serve salad


***This is normally the kind of sauce where we (we being the cooks in our family) usually dump the ingredients.  So to have a recipe with measurements is something new.  My mom taught me how to make this sauce and it was passed down from my Grandmother.  However, we dump the ingredients, taste-test and then we tweak if needed.  (Tip — tweak the recipe to your taste.  My husband and I go lighter on the mustard (already figured in to the recipe shown) because we are not huge mustard fans, but you could go more.)  This sauce is also the secret to our potato salad.


Voila! A simple macaroni salad recipe. The tastiest “macaroni” salad you’ll ever make! Promise.

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Simple Macaroni Salad - Not Your Store Bought Macaroni Salad

The tastiest “macaroni” salad you’ll ever make.

Course Salad
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 1/2 box shell pasta
  • 1 block cheddar cheese small
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 can peas
  • 1 can tuna

Sauce

  • 2 1/2 cups miracle whip
  • 3/4 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Cook one half of the box of shell pasta according to box directions. Rinse with cold water. Warm pasta and miracle whip will not be a good combination!

  2. Add the pasta to a medium-sized serving bowl.

  3. Drain the tuna and add it to the pasta.

  4. Drain the can of peas and add.

  5. Dice one medium onion and add.

  6. Chop and add one small block of medium cheddar cheese. (Try sharp cheese also if you are a sharp cheddar fan).

Sauce

  1. In a separate bowl, combine the miracle whip, milk, mustard, sugar and salt. Mix well.

  2. Add the sauce to the pasta, peas, onion and cheese mixture. Stir until everything is well coated.

  3. Chill for several hours before serving.

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