This is a simple and good recipe that is great served on those hot summer days and can even be prepared the night before so that it is ready and cold when you come home from work the next day. My husband never ate this until we got married and in the summer he requests it every other week. You can substitute chicken for the tuna and it is great that way also. I serve it on a leaf of lettuce, for looks, with an assortment of crackers. Happy eating!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
18 mins
additional:
1 hr 15 mins
total:
1 hr 58 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and let eggs stand in hot water for 15 minutes. Remove eggs from hot water, cool under cold running water, and peel.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add macaroni pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse under cold water.

  • Put frozen peas into a colander and rinse with hot water; drain well.

  • Place the macaroni and peas in a large bowl. Dice eggs and add to the bowl. Put the tuna in the bowl, flaking it apart.

  • Stir mayonnaise into the mixture a little at a time, so the mixture is moist but not soggy. Sprinkle the salt and pepper and mix one last time. Cover and refrigerate for a least 1 hour or overnight.

Cook's Note:

You can also add: celery, onions, green pepper, pecan, or walnuts.

Nutrition Facts

342 calories; protein 22.1g 44% DV; carbohydrates 40.8g 13% DV; fat 9.5g 15% DV; cholesterol 108.2mg 36% DV; sodium 219.8mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2006
This was a very good starter recipe but it definitely needs a few extra ingredients to make it yummy! I omitted the peas and added diced celery green onions cubed cheddar cheese and sweet relish. It needed a lot of seasoning and I used mayo horseradish sauce seasoning salt garlic salt and pepper. With all the additions it turned out great! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/29/2003
The very basic of all Tuna salad recipes. Try adding some or your own ingredients (ie. celery onions) to make this recipe complete. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/15/2006
This was a very good starter recipe but it definitely needs a few extra ingredients to make it yummy! I omitted the peas and added diced celery green onions cubed cheddar cheese and sweet relish. It needed a lot of seasoning and I used mayo horseradish sauce seasoning salt garlic salt and pepper. With all the additions it turned out great! Read More
(140)
Rating: 4 stars
04/18/2019
Since there are only 2 of us now..we use 1 drained can GOOD quality Albacore tuna in water 1cup dry small shell pasta cooked and drained. Add a couple of dashes of dill weed salt pepper and if desired dry minced onion or onion powder to taste only one diced egg 1 or 2 stalks of celery thinly sliced (taste and adjust Mayo and seasonings) 1/2 cup cubed mild cheddar cheese and 1/2 can drained canned peas (or 1 cup frozen peas cooked drained and cooled)..have to fold in gently after it's all mixed well. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/15/2003
This was a good salad, however it really needs the celery and green onions for texture and flavor. I felt the dressing needed something, so I added 3T of bottled Caesar dressing and a teaspoon of prepared horseradish sauce. Thanks Ann. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/29/2003
The very basic of all Tuna salad recipes. Try adding some or your own ingredients (ie. celery onions) to make this recipe complete. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/22/2003
This was nothing spectacular just a very basic macaroni salad recipe. It definitely needs celery for that extra crunch. I added some spices celery salt cayenne and garlic powder to kick it up a bit as well as a bit of ranch dressing mixed in with the mayo. It was good with the additions but very basic and bland without them. This recipe needs some work but it's a good starting point. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2007
This is such a quick and easy meal. It definitely needs chopped onion for flavor. I also added a little lemon juice some curry powder and shredded cheddar cheese and it was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2006
Great recipe. I didn't measure the mayo but rather dumped in tablespoons until I got the right consistency. I also added a little milk to make it a little creamier and a little onion adds a little crunch too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
This is good it was a little dry for my particular taste but no biggie I just added a little more mayo. I also used canned chicken breast (Swanson) instead of the tuna to please my picky children. Next time I'll add some diced green onion. Thanks for sharing Ann! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
"Good" and basic cold pasta salad. My boyfriend wouldn't touch it - he's not a huge fan of tuna but everyone else seemed to enjoy it. I used miracle whip instead of mayo (and added to taste). Also I added a jar of diced pimentos for color and some chopped celery for some crunch. A good side to our homemade sub sandwiches. Read More
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