Pasta Fruit Salad

    8 hours 30 min

    A fantastic way of incorporating pasta into a fruit salad. Chilled cooked pasta is served with pineapple, mandarines, marshmallows, cherries and whipped cream.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 200g acini di pepe pasta
    • 1 1/3 (432g) tins crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved
    • 1 1/2 (295g) tins mandarin segments, drained with liquid reserved
    • 225ml whipped cream
    • 200g mini marshmallows
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 1/4 (225g) jars cocktail cherries, drained (optional)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:8hr chilling  ›  Ready in:8hr30min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain.
    2. In medium saucepan, combine reserved liquids from pineapple and mandarins (equals about 350ml), sugar, eggs, salt and flour. Cook until thick, stirring constantly. When mixture becomes thick, add cooked pasta and refrigerate overnight.
    3. The next day, add pineapple and mandarins, whipped cream and marshmallows to taste. Mix together and top with cherries, if desired. Keep chilled until served.

    Acini di pepe pasta

    Can be purchased in Italian speciality shops or online. If unavailable, use orzo pasta instead.

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    I have made this salad with a few alterations that make this recipe the bomb! Substitute the flour, and use 1 heaping tablespoon of corn starch. Once the pasta and the liquid mixture have been made wait until custardy mixture and pasta cool to room temperature. Once custard is room temperature add in the whip topping, until thouroughly blended. Then add the marshmellows, pasta, pineapple and mandarin oranges. I omit the cherries altogether. Whalla, I much better way of combining this salad with creamier results!  -  28 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved this salad, be careful, it makes a lot.  -  17 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My family loves this! I took it to a potluck with friends, and they loved it too! I had to use orzo since I couldn't find acini di pepe in my 3 local supermarkets (I live in Hilo, Hawaii). I will definitely be making this again.  -  05 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)