Acini di Pepe Salad


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.

8 servings


  • 1 cup acini di pepe pasta

  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved

  • 1 (15 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained with liquid reserved

  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

  • 7 ounces miniature marshmallows

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained (Optional)


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 (per serving)

487 Calories
9g Fat
99g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 487
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 99g 36%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 61g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 25mg 123%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 267mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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