Easy Macaroni Salad

    2 hours 20 min

    A deliciously creamy, tomato-based pasta salad, which is perfect for summer barbecues. Macaroni is tossed with celery, sweet pickle, olives, red onion, tomato sauce and mayonnaise.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 340g macaroni pasta
    • 425g tomato based pasta sauce
    • 185g chopped celery
    • 250g sweet pickle, such as Branston pickle
    • 100g sliced black olives
    • 1 small red onion, chopped
    • 350ml mayonnaise
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr20min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add macaroni and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.
    2. Put macaroni in a serving bowl and mix in the pasta sauce, celery, pickle, olives, onion, mayonnaise and chilli powder. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

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    I have been making this salad for years. First found it on the back of Golden Grain macaroni package. My family loved it. It has been a hit at potlucks and barbeques over the years. My son's most requested dish. As I reviewed the recipe I found a couple of discrepancies. First the macaroni was a 16 oz.package. Second it called for 1 cup of marinara sauce. At the time the recipe appeared on the package Golden Grain had an 8 oz. Can of marinara sauce on the market.  -  12 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Terrible, the more we ate the more we didn't like it!  -  31 Jul 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    It was delicious. Everyone at work loved it and several asked for the recipe. I think it tastes better the longer it is refrigerated! Yummy!  -  03 Feb 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)