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Creamy tuna pasta salad with peas in a bowl.

tuna pasta salad

Making this tuna pasta salad is soo easy! Seriously, even if you are not a whiz in the kitchen, you will be able to make this pasta salad and WOW anyone you are serving it to!
Course Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy tuna pasta salad, tuna macaroni salad, tuna pasta salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
cool 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 460kcal
Author MidgetMomma



  • Cook the pasta according to package. Drain the pasta in a colander, then rinse the pasta with cold water to cool it down. Set pasta aside and let it finish cooling for about 10 minutes.
  •  Open your can of tuna and drain the liquid out.
  • Open your can of peas if you are using canned peas and drain the liquid out. If you are using frozen peas, cook them according to the package and then using the colander rinse them with cold water to cool them down.
  • Get a large bowl to mix everything together in. When your pasta is cooled, mix together pasta, tuna and the peas. Be sure to break up the chunks of tuna while you are mixing it so it is evenly distributed through out the pasta salad.
  • Now add the mayo until it is as moist as you like. I normally start with half a cup and work my way up to about a cup. You can add more mayo if you would like it creamier, but do so slowly by adding 1/4 cup more mayo at a time until you reach your desired creaminess.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Normally about 1/8 a teaspoon is enough of each for me. You can do a little less or a little more depending on what you prefer. Mix everything together well.
  • On top of the pasta salad sprinkle paprika, I normally just shake the bottle until it has what I think is enough, but it ends up being roughly 1/2 tablespoon that I end up using.


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 21.3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg