Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad

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This Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad is the perfect summer pasta salad.  It’s loaded with peppers, celery, onions, chunks of cheddar cheese and elbow noodles, all covered in a tangy sour cream dressing.


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Pasta Salad:

  • 4 cups of cooked elbow noodles (about 2 cups dried)
  • 1 bell pepper cut into small chunks
  • 2 celery sticks cut into small chunks
  • 2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1/23/4 cup cheddar cheese chunks

Creamy Macaroni Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper


  1. In a large pot, boil the elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain in a colander, then rinse with cold water.
  2. Blend together the mayo, mustard, sour cream, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the noodles and chopped vegetables, then toss the macaroni salad ingredients with the dressing.
  4. Let rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (1 hour or more is best).
  5. Serve and enjoy!