Aunt Bonnie's Ring Macaroni Tuna Salad

"This was a staple at my Aunt Bonnie's barbeques, but the recipe probably originated from the back of a Creamettes box in the 1960's. In Minnesota, we obviously use Creamettes Macaroni Rings. You can use anellini pasta for this recipe. Cooking time does not include refrigerating time."
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  • 1 (7 ounce) box ring macaroni, prepared as directed on box
  • 1 (8 1/2 ounce) can early june le seuer peas, drained (or 1 cup Green Giant Select Lesueur frozen baby peas, thawed)
  • 1 cup celery, finely diced
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tuna, drained
  • 14 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or less, use to taste)


  • Gently mix all ingredients together and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.

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  1. I grew up in North Dakota and this is one of my favorite pasta salads ever. My grandma and mom both make it for me (although with elbow noodles instead of rings) every time I come to visit. Its great as posted, but we also add cheddar cheese to it - I use shredded if I'm using ring pasta and diced cheese if using elbows. I also like some salt and pepper added and use half mayo, half miracle whip. Thanks for sharing this one Lisa!
  2. Great recipe ! The only change I made was to use half Miracle Whip and half real mayonnaise. Didn't use quite the full cup called for.You can really add anything you like to this recipe. To keep this retro recipe true I used creamettes ring macaroni. Reminds me of salads served when I was a kid....before every grocery store had a deli counter !
  3. SO excited to find this recipe. My mother used to make this for us and I've missed the heck out of it. My siblings count on me to have Mom's recipes and this one has been sorely missed. None of us are "cooks", we practically need a recipe for a bowl of cold cereal, so we weren't about to try making it without one! I knew as soon as I saw "Lesueur peas" I had found the right one. Thanks from another Minnesota girl!
  4. My grocer had Creamettes Ring macaroni on safe three for a dollar so I'm going to make this! I'll call it Popeye's Ring-a-roni, the San Antonio treat! wait, that's been done I think........


  1. I used tuna in water and frozen peas and left out the celery. mainly because we didn't have any and sometimes the taste of celery walks all over everything else.........



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