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Shell macaroni are stuffed with a creamy tuna mixture in this easy to prepare, fun to eat appetizer. Serve on a bed of lettuce leaves with toothpicks, and make sure plenty of cocktail sauce is available! Be prepared with additional 'shrimp' ready to fill the serving dish as your guests make this great appetizer disappear quickly. I keep extras in the fridge. Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
6 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 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 shell macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cool water.

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the tuna, celery, green bell pepper, onion and creamy salad dressing.

  • Stuff the shell macaroni with the tuna mixture.

Nutrition Facts

132 calories; protein 7.9g; carbohydrates 15.6g; fat 4.2g; cholesterol 10.7mg; sodium 125.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2006
I made this recipe for my sisters baby shower. The theme was "Think Pink" and most of the food was pink. Not only did this dish look great on the food table the guests enjoyed it. I would definately use the recipe again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
It was a good recipe but it was pointed out to me by a few people at my gathering that it did not taste like shrimp. The shells were hard to stuff too. I would make this recipe again though. Good. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
It was a good recipe but it was pointed out to me by a few people at my gathering that it did not taste like shrimp. The shells were hard to stuff too. I would make this recipe again though. Good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2006
I made this recipe for my sisters baby shower. The theme was "Think Pink" and most of the food was pink. Not only did this dish look great on the food table the guests enjoyed it. I would definately use the recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Wouldn't call it shrimp but wonderfully healthy finger food! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2011
I love this recipe...i drop the shrimp and just make the tuna salad and the bigger shells and take this for a quick easy to tranport/eat on the go lunch Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2013
I liked this but I tweaked the recipe a ton because I thought it was bland. May be my fault; my first change was Greek yogurt in place of Miracle Whip. That probably made the filling less flavorful. I added hot sauce a little bit of rum bit of vinegar for the classic MW zest and a few different spices. Then I liked it better! I will make these again and may follow the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2016
When I first made this it was definitely a miss. The second time around I tweaked it quite a bit. This is how I made it (the four stars are based on my version): I replaced the tuna with imitation crab (shredded). I used 1/2 the amount of Miracle Whip and replaced the 2nd half with Campbell's Condensed Cream of Shrimp soup. I added garlic powder onion powder oregano parsley basil and capers along with the remaining ingredients. I used the jumbo shells and stuffed the mixture into the cooked shells. I topped it off with a slice of avocado. They are them like a finger sandwich (don't overcook the pasta or it will be oozing all over the place). I made them for a baby shower and barely got then out the door because my family wouldn't stop eating them! The party guests really enjoyed them and I got requests to make it for the next pot luck at church and future bridal/baby showers (as I tend to be the party planner/ caterer for our church family and group of friends). I only got a nibble of one as someone took my plate but it was yummy creative and inventive. Thanks for the starter recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/25/2013
This recipe is good but need's some other ingredents to get the flavor of being anything close to poor mans shrimp.will work with it more to see what I can make it better. as of now it's just tuna salad in a shell. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/03/2016
No spices? Not one? Not even pepper or celery salt or something? A bit bland without. I used some mayo and some miracle whip because I was confused. This turned out well was liked was eaten. Shrimp? Not a chance. Expecting tuna? You'll do just fine. This recipe won't be the star of the party but I bet it will be mostly gone. Easy summer weekend dinner after a busy day. Don't put too many hopes and tears into this recipe; it is quick easy and you won't be hungry. Not bad for leftovers. Read More