Tuna Pasta (Cold)

Course: Cheesy, Creamy, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamy, Dinner, Easy, Kid Friendly, Lunch, Noodles, Tuna
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 1244 kcal
Author: Shauna Smart
This is one of those dishes I can’t make very often because I find myself eating it for breakfast, lunch & dinner for days!


  • 1 package 24 oz large elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 packages 12 oz frozen peas
  • 2-3 cans albacore tuna start with 2 and see how you like it, I use 3 when I make a large batch
  • 1/2 to 1 large yellow onion chopped (we usually use 1 whole onion!)
  • 4 tablespoons miracle whip
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups mayonnaise depends on how moist you want it, start with less and add more as you go
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Bring water and oil to a boil. Add noodles and cook per package directions.
  2. In a seperate pan add your peas to boiling water and cook per package directions, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. When the noodles and peas are finished put both in a large strainer and run cold water over it for 1-2 minutes. This will help cool the noodles quickly so they don't get mushy and stick together.
  4. Once you're done running the water over them shake the strainer to remove excess water and place noodles and peas in a large bowl.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place noodles and peas in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour, or until cold to the touch.
  6. When the noodles are cold start preparing your remaining ingredients.
  7. Chop your onion into small pieces and set aside.
  8. Open and drain water out of albacore tuna. Place on plate and cut into small bite sized pieces.
  9. Add tuna, onions, mayonnaise, miracle whip, salt and pepper into bowl with noodles and peas.
  10. Stir all ingredients together and taste. Add more salt/pepper if needed.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Please keep in mind that this is going to make 2 large bowls of tuna pasta. I would recommend cutting this recipe in half if you are not taking this pasta to an event.

As this tuna pasta sits in the fridge it will tend to dry out. If this happens, add additional mayonnaise before serving!

Nutrition Facts
Tuna Pasta (Cold)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1244 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 611mg27%
Potassium 111mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.