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Tuna Pasta Salad in Stone Grey Bowls with Onion and Kitchen Towel Behind

Easy Tuna Pasta Salad

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This quick and easy salad is loaded with shell pasta, tuna, onions, peas, and chunks of cheddar cheese and mixed with a creamy, tangy miracle whip dressing.

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x


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  • 1/2 box shell pasta, cooked (8 oz dry)
  • 1 block cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 1/2 large onion (or 1 medium)
  • 1 can tuna (8 oz)
  • 1 can peas (15 oz)


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


  1. Cook the 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 large mixing bowl.
  3. Chop a block of cheddar cheese into small chunks and add.
  4. Dice one medium onion and add.
  5. Drain the tuna and add.
  6. Drain the can of peas and add.
  7. In a separate bowl, combine the miracle whip, milk, mustard, sugar, and salt. Mix well.
  8. Add the sauce to the pasta, cheese, onion, tuna, and peas mixture. Stir until everything is well coated.
  9. Chill for several hours before serving.
  10. Transfer to a serving bowl if desired.
  11. Serve and enjoy!


  • Be sure to let the pasta cool before adding the dressing.
  • We recommend chilling the salad for a few hours before serving.
  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 236
  • Sugar: 9.7 g
  • Sodium: 921.8 mg
  • Fat: 7.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 31.5 g
  • Protein: 11.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 26.3 mg
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