Out to Sea Pasta Shell Salad Recipe
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Out to Sea Pasta Shell Salad Recipe

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“Here’s a healthier version of a popular boxed salad mix you can buy at the store. We absolutely love it! You can also add a little cooked chicken breast to make it heartier.” Ann Timmerman – Northfield, MN
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked medium pasta shells
  • 2/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 turkey bacon strips, diced and cooked
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 252 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein .


  1. Cook shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the carrots, peas and bacon. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream. Add milk and dressing mix; beat until combined.
  2. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; add to vegetable mixture. Add dressing mixture; toss to coat. Chill until serving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Out to Sea Pasta Shell Salad in Simple & Delicious May/June 2009, p47

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pajamaangel 182557
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Very tasty the first day, but you really do need to add something to it after it's been in the refrigerator for a while to make it creamy. We add ranch dressing like another reviewer did."

tglaeser 105111
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"I did add a little bit of regular ranch dressing after it was sitting in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. My guests enjoyed it and has since served it at their gathering"

dingerbo 168049
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"My husband and I didn't care for this salad and felt it was missing something. Not sure what that ingredient was, we thought maybe more bacon or adding cheese cubes."

smash367 143908
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

"My kids love this pasta salad. They ask for it over and over!!!"

lisarenewebb 184113
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2009

"This was even better than the boxed pasta it is based of off. I very much enjoyed it and will keep it in my recipe box."

TSRatliff 123086
Reviewed May. 14, 2009

"This was a great pasta salad. Even great left over for a quick lunch or snack. I'll be making this again."

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