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Ingredients You'll Need

12 ounce package of small shell macaroni (any macaroni would work)
diced Cheddar cheese
1-1/2 cups diced celery
diced, fried bacon
1 can of peas, drained
piece of green pepper, diced
salt & pepper to taste
thinned Miracle Whip or mayonnaise


Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and cool.

Add remaining ingredients. Refrigerate a few hours to blend flavors.

NOTE: Taste salad after a few hours. May need to salt, pepper, add more mayonnaise, etc.


I have altered this recipe a variety of ways, depending on what I have in the house.

~~ Ham instead of bacon

~~ 1/2 to 3/4 bag of frozen peas instead of can of peas (pour on hot macaroni in colander---the macaroni cools, the peas thaw). Then add remaining ingredients.

~~ Add mustard, honey mustard, parsley flakes, dried onion, etc. to mayonnaise mixture

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