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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.

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kcsings2much User ID: 2164081 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 User ID: 56129 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 User ID: 517980 75183
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014

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

advok8 User ID: 1678187 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 User ID: 107582 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 User ID: 6365259 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 User ID: 1040856 43414
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

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

jennisue7140 User ID: 2014399 48125
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

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

zaldeb User ID: 1054136 21617
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

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

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 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 User ID: 2966570 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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