Acini di pepe is the Italian word for peppercorns. Any tiny round-shaped pasta works well in this chilled fruit salad. Great in the summer, but my family asks for it every holiday. Every time I bring this to a party I get requests for the recipe.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain.

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  • In medium saucepan, combine reserved liquids from pineapple and oranges (equals about 1 1/2 cups), sugar, eggs, salt and flour. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. When mixture becomes thick, add cooked pasta and refrigerate overnight.

  • The next day, add pineapple and oranges, whipped topping and marshmallows to taste. Mix together and top with cherries if desired. Keep chilled until served.

Nutrition Facts

487 calories; protein 6.6g 13% DV; carbohydrates 98.7g 32% DV; fat 8.9g 14% DV; cholesterol 46.5mg 16% DV; sodium 194.9mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2003
I have made this salad with a few alterations that make this recipe the bomb! Substitute the flour, and use 1 heaping tablespoon of corn starch. Once the pasta and the liquid mixture have been made wait until custardy mixture and pasta cool to room temperature. Once custard is room temperature add in the whip topping, until thouroughly blended. Then add the marshmellows, pasta, pineapple and mandarin oranges. I omit the cherries altogether. Whalla, I much better way of combining this salad with creamier results! :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2004
It must be me since most other reviewers loved this recipe. I couldn't get past the texture. For me this type of pasta doesn't work in a fruit salad. Also I believe the addition of marshmallows puts this way over the top on sweetness. Sorry! Read More
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  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2003
I have made this salad with a few alterations that make this recipe the bomb! Substitute the flour, and use 1 heaping tablespoon of corn starch. Once the pasta and the liquid mixture have been made wait until custardy mixture and pasta cool to room temperature. Once custard is room temperature add in the whip topping, until thouroughly blended. Then add the marshmellows, pasta, pineapple and mandarin oranges. I omit the cherries altogether. Whalla, I much better way of combining this salad with creamier results! :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2006
I loved this salad, be careful, it makes a lot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
My family loves this! I took it to a potluck with friends and they loved it too! I had to use orzo since I couldn't find acini di pepe in my 3 local supermarkets (I live in Hilo Hawaii). I will definitely be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2006
This recipe was a great hit for Christmas dinner. I cut down the sugar to 1/2 cup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This salad is great. I followed someone elses lead and changed flour to cornstarch and cooled custard mixture to room temp then added cool whip. Easy to make. Fruity and refreshing. I will make this again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
It must be me since most other reviewers loved this recipe. I couldn't get past the texture. For me this type of pasta doesn't work in a fruit salad. Also I believe the addition of marshmallows puts this way over the top on sweetness. Sorry! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Wow what a treat!! I served this at a large family gathering and everyone loved it!! I will be making this again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2006
Always a favorite to serve at home or to take to gatherings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2010
First I doubled recipe.Second I didn't put in oranges but added a can of Tropical Fruit Cocktail and used colored mini marshmellows. Read More
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