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Tuna-Stuffed Jumbo Shells Recipe

Tuna-Stuffed Jumbo Shells Recipe

These light, fresh-tasting stuffed shells really star as part of a luncheon menu. I came up with this distinctive combination of ingredients by accident one day using leftovers from other recipes. It's a cool summer main dish. — Phy Bresse, Lumberton, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:5 servings


  • 10 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tuna, drained
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced green onions
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Lettuce leaves and red onion rings, optional


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise and sugar. Stir in tuna, celery, onions, green pepper, carrot and parsley. Spoon into pasta shells; cover and refrigerate.
  • 2. For the dressing, combine sour cream, sugar, vinegar, mayonnaise, celery seed and onion powder.
  • 3. Arrange lettuce, onion rings and shells on a serving platter; drizzle with dressing. Yield: 5 servings.

Reviews for Tuna-Stuffed Jumbo Shells

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kcsings2much 20981
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"We have always made this without the shells and just placed the tuna on a bed of lettuce and served with club crackers. I'm not a tuna fan but this is a pleasant way to eat it. :) People are usually pleasantly surprised and ask for the recipe."

CharlesR_female 45236
Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"I need to make this recipe for 50 people. Can I get help in knowing how much to buy of each item?


krucook 75183
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014

"We really enjoy the stuffed shells. The dressing is the bomb. Thanks for sharing a delicious recipe."

advok8 42042
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"We have enjoyed this for many years. I frequently make this with canned salmon. The filling is also great with crackers for a party or appetizer buffet."

Xonions 19566
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2012

"This is one of our family favs. I have to omit the onions and peppers, so I bump up the carrots. Yum!"

Tracey6434 19080
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"This is a family favorite and I make it at least once a month. My son doesn't like tuna so I have also make this with diced chicken for him."

bingobrilla 43414
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"I have made this time and time again. I love it for a light lunch with friends. Delicious!"

jennisue7140 48125
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"I have made this recipe several times, and everyone goes crazy. The dressing is absolutely amazing"

zaldeb 21617
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"One of my favorite recipes :] the tart sauce perfectly compliments the sweet stuffing"

Shoes58 15280
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"paired this with soup--BEST SOUP & SALAD MEAL EVER!! will make next time with alot less sugar. this was pretty to look at and fun to eat."

HBcook 48679
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2009

"Good and simple recipe for a light summer dinner or buffet luncheon. I lightened it up by using light sour cream and mayo and only used 2 teaspoons of sugar in the filling."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.