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Out to Sea Pasta Shell Salad

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. &mdashAnn Timmerman, Northfield, Minnesota
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; add to vegetable mixture. Add dressing mixture; toss to coat. Chill until serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 252 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • pajamaangel
    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
    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
    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.

  • mcbryde
    May 2, 2010

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  • pegcorp
    Mar 25, 2010

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  • smash367
    Sep 25, 2009

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

  • Classicrock
    Aug 14, 2009

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  • lisarenewebb
    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
    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.