In a rush and need something delicious and tummy-filling? This recipe is great for working parents whose children are constantly scouring the refrigerator for food to munch on.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
13 mins
total:
23 mins
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 macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and cool under running water.

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  • Mix both cans of tuna into the cooled pasta. Add the mayonnaise. Stir in onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.

Cook's Note:

If you add too much mayonnaise, the salad will be runny. You want just enough to get the flavor into the salad, but not enough to make the macaroni white.

Nutrition Facts

301 calories; protein 16.4g 33% DV; carbohydrates 44.8g 15% DV; fat 5.7g 9% DV; cholesterol 11.4mg 4% DV; sodium 66.5mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Growing up my mom made this for us all the time and now I make it for my family. You can add anything you like to this recipe. Sometimes I add celery or chopped green pepper. When my salad is completed I usually serve it on a large bed of lettuce. I slice hard boiled eggs and tomato and place on and around the salad. Makes a pretty presentation for a very simple yet delicious and easy meal. For those of you who like a little zip have a bottle of hot sauce at the table to sprinkle on the salad! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/09/2006
This was bland so I had to doctor it up a bit. I left out the oregano and added paprika instead. I also added ranch and eggs you can't have tuna without hard boiled eggs. The last touch which really gave it the flavor it was missing was some shredded pepperjack cheese. MMM now its good. Read More
(6)
65 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
Growing up my mom made this for us all the time and now I make it for my family. You can add anything you like to this recipe. Sometimes I add celery or chopped green pepper. When my salad is completed I usually serve it on a large bed of lettuce. I slice hard boiled eggs and tomato and place on and around the salad. Makes a pretty presentation for a very simple yet delicious and easy meal. For those of you who like a little zip have a bottle of hot sauce at the table to sprinkle on the salad! Read More
(80)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
Very Good & Very Easy! My whole family loves it! I used the pasta "shells" instead of macaroni.It is good warm or cold! My husband likes it with peas in it too! Definately making this again & again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/05/2005
I made this for a party and since I'm all about presentation I made a few modifications. I only used one can of tuna and I used plenty more than 1/4 cup of Miracle Whip. I threw in some thawed frozen peas and shredded sharp cheddar cheese. It looked quite yummy and I had several people comment that it was just like their mom used to make! I didn't really try it since I added those other things. I'll have to make a version again with just the tuna macaroni and Miracle Whip for my plain palate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2009
I did change a few things-I added ranch dressing along with mayo. Used red onion and LOTS of garlic. I served this in a hollowed out tomatoe with pumpernickel toasted triangle and with grapes for the grandkids!I am taking this to a potluck in tomatoes and in bowls for the kids. Great reciepe for all Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2006
This simple and easy-to-follow recipe turns out a delicious mac and tuna salad. I added a dash (or two) of red pepper flakes for an extra zing just because I love spicy foods! And it's also perfect for lunch for the next day! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2011
Just what we needed today. We're getting close to payday and running out of almost everything so we've got to use what we've got. We did add a little more mayonnaise I used green onion (four "stalks") and at the request of my son I added chopped pickles and a little dijon mustard and Frank's Hot Sauce. For us this did not feed ten. This fed four of us my husband ate what was left. Very easy quite budget effective and filling. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2003
This recipe is very similar to my own except that instead of onions I use scallions (aka green onions) and I don't add oregano. I like this recipe because is not goopy with mayonnaise, and it's easy to prepare. I used to make a batch of it, and then eat it as a quick meal in my college dormitory. Another variation that I've tried is to add some grated parmesan cheese. A suggestion to facilitate mixing, I usually mix together the tuna, and seasonings (not the mayo) first while the pasta is cooking, this also helps with flavor balancing even though it will be strongly flavored at this point and then mix it together with the pasta and mayonnaise at the end. A slightly more exotic variation is to add a little bit of sesame oil. I liked it but my bf didn't. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2010
Yum! I like things colorful so I used half a diced orange bell pepper and half a diced cucumber instead of onion and added a bit of shredded cheddar cheese. Oh and I used colorful shell pasta. Pretty and tasty! This is a great recipe you can make your own with whatever veggies and spices you enjoy or keep it more basic for the kiddies. Thanks for sharing this! I'll enjoy experimenting with it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2005
My family loves creamy tuna fish with onion sanwiches so I prepare this tuna dish the same way toss it into the macaroni and add more mayo. I season to taste with the listed ingredients only eliminating the oregano. We enjoy it! Read More
(6)
Rating: 3 stars
08/09/2006
This was bland so I had to doctor it up a bit. I left out the oregano and added paprika instead. I also added ranch and eggs you can't have tuna without hard boiled eggs. The last touch which really gave it the flavor it was missing was some shredded pepperjack cheese. MMM now its good. Read More
(6)
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