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 User ID: 1603339 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 User ID: 5772758 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 User ID: 4904933 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 User ID: 2077111 143908
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

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

lisarenewebb User ID: 1394363 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 User ID: 2608177 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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