Tuna Pasta Salad - An Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad with Tuna
Tuna Pasta Salad is an Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad with Tuna that has frozen peas, albacore tuna and cheddar cheese cubes. It's simplicity can be deceiving since it packs a punch of flavor that is perfect for your summer dinner table.
Servings: 32 servings
- 16 ounces seashell pasta (small shells) or elbow macaroni
- 2 cups Hellman's mayonnaise
- 12 ounces albacore tuna, drained and chunked
- 1 - 2 cups frozen peas, slightly thawed
- 1 small onion, minced (optional)
- 1 green pepper, chopped (optional)
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
- salt and pepper, to taste
Cook pasta according to package instructions; drain and cool.
Gently stir in mayonnaise, drained tuna, peas, onion, green pepper, and cheese cubes with the macaroni.
Taste, and season with salt and black pepper.
- Seashell pasta is also called small shells. Macaroni pasta works too!
- The original old fashioned macaroni salad recipe calls for canned peas that are drained. Feel free to use this type instead of frozen peas, if desired.
- I prefer Albacore tuna in this tuna macaroni salad, but chunk light tuna (in water or oil) works too.
- Substitute mild cheddar cheese or any other cubed cheeses that you prefer.
- Did you know that the grocery store sells cheddar cheese in cubes? To save time, go ahead and buy these instead of cutting your own cheese.
- Onions and green pepper are optional in this tuna macaroni salad.
- Making this ahead? I always think pasta salad needs more moisture if it sits in the refrigerator over night. To prevent a dry pasta salad, add more mayonnaise.
- Love peas? Try our Old Fashioned Pea Salad recipe.