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Hawaiian Pasta Salad

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Our Hawaiian Pasta Salad is an addicting  delectable delight because of the sweet creamy dressing the pasta shells are bathed in. 

Our Hawaiian Pasta Salad recipe is very easy to make. We left the onions out but use Onion Powder instead. This macaroni salad is a big hit at Pot Luck dinners. We use pasta shells instead of macaroni noodles because they trap that delicious made from scratch creamy dressing. #pastasalad #macaronisalad #hawaiiansalad

Skip The Onions

We left the onions out. Gasp! Authentic Hawaiian Pasta Salad does contain onions but everyone doesn’t like onions as much as I do so I use Onion Powder instead. Shhhhh, it’s a bit of a secret. 

If you simply insist, add about a 1/2 Cup of finely chopped onions to the recipe.

Our Hawaiian Pasta Salad recipe is very easy to make. We left the onions out but use Onion Powder instead. This macaroni salad is a big hit at Pot Luck dinners. We use pasta shells instead of macaroni noodles because they trap that delicious made from scratch creamy dressing. #pastasalad #macaronisalad #hawaiiansalad

Why Pasta Shells instead of Macaroni Noodles?

Listen, this is some good stuff folks. It’s lip-smacking delicious because the made from scratch dressing is so stinking good! Pasta shells provide that little opening for more of the dressing to get trapped into! It’s just that simple. You can use the regular macaroni noodles if you insist but I promise you, the shells are just better for this pasta salad.


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Our Hawaiian Pasta Salad recipe is very easy to make. We left the onions out but use Onion Powder instead. This macaroni salad is a big hit at Pot Luck dinners. We use pasta shells instead of macaroni noodles because they trap that delicious made from scratch creamy dressing. #pastasalad #macaronisalad #hawaiiansalad

I am not Hawaiian nor have I ever traveled to Hawaii therefore I lay no claims to making authentic Hawaiian food but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the cuisine and make my own version at home. 

This recipe was created for our summer Luau party but it will live on as an easy Summer meal in our home from now on.  

Our Hawaiian Pasta Salad recipe is very easy to make. We left the onions out but use Onion Powder instead. This macaroni salad is a big hit at Pot Luck dinners. We use pasta shells instead of macaroni noodles because they trap that delicious made from scratch creamy dressing. #pastasalad #macaronisalad #hawaiiansalad

Heavy on the Dressing!

Don’t freak out when you read the recipe and see how much milk and mayonnaise it takes to create the dressing. The big thing about a Hawaiian macaroni salad is for it to be almost swimming in dressing.

If you don’t think you’d like quite that much, add less to the bowl when you start stirring. But you should know that the pasta shells are going to soak up that yummy goodness so I wouldn’t scrimp on the dressing. Trust me on this!

Take it to a Pot Luck!

This Hawaiian Pasta Salad is a great dish to take to a Pot Luck. Everyone loves it, expect no leftovers. You can make it a day ahead if you like. It will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days. 

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Our Hawaiian Pasta Salad recipe is very easy to make. We left the onions out but use Onion Powder instead. This macaroni salad is a big hit at Pot Luck dinners. We use pasta shells instead of macaroni noodles because they trap that delicious made from scratch creamy dressing. #pastasalad #macaronisalad #hawaiiansalad

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Yield: 10

Hawaiian Pasta Salad

Hawaiian Pasta Salad

A rich and creamy pasta salad with a bite of crunch from fresh carrot sticks. The made from scratch dressing is the star of this delectable show. Serve it as a side dish or dinner with crackers.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups 2% Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Dukes Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. Light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 lb. Medium Pasta Shells
  • 10 oz. bag Matchstick shredded carrots
  • 3/4 Cup shredded or sliced thin Celery

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix together Milk, Mayonnaise, Apple Cider Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Salt, Pepper and Onion Powder. Stir until well blended using a whisk. Set Aside
  2. Boil Shells according to package directions and drain. You want soft shells so they will absorb the flavors so don't be tempted to do al dente.
  3. Allow cooked shells to cool.
  4. Dump the shells into a big bowl.
  5. Pour the dressing mixture over the pasta reserving about 1/2 cup and mix well.
  6. Add the celery and carrots into the pasta and toss gently.
  7. Pour the remaining dressing into the salad and stir well.
  8. Cover and chill for about 1 hour prior to serving. Can be made the day before.

Notes

This creamy pasta salad is great for taking to a Pot Luck! Everyone loves it, no leftovers!

VARIATION: Add 1/2 Cup finely chopped onions. (not included in Nutrition Information)

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 337Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 17mgSodium 494mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 5g

Nutrition information may vary based on use of products. Check your labels. All ingredients in the recipe have been included in this information.

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