Creamy Macaroni Salad


This creamy pasta salad recipe is easy and a huge hit at every function I take it to. I've looked all over for a great macaroni salad, and this is it! I like my salads to have a lot of creamy dressing, so I always make an extra half-batch of the dressing and add it as necessary to add more moisture since the pasta soaks up so much sauce.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 3 cups elbow macaroni

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ cups mayonnaise

  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green bell pepper

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped yellow bell pepper

  • ½ cup finely chopped celery

  • ½ cup finely chopped carrots


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes.

  2. While the macaroni is cooking, mix salt, dry mustard, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, white pepper, and black pepper together in a small bowl.

  3. Whisk mayonnaise, evaporated milk, and sour cream together in a large salad bowl until smooth and creamy. Stir in seasoning mix until well blended.

  4. Drain and rinse macaroni under cold water until cooled. Drain again.

  5. Add macaroni, onion, celery, carrots, and bell peppers to the salad bowl; mix until well combined and coated with dressing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
25g Fat
24g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 377mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 169mg 4%

* 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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