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Aunt Gert's Sweet Macaroni Salad

A rich and creamy macaroni salad with a surprisingly sweet side.
Prep Time10 mins
Chilling Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 14
Calories: 400kcal


For The Pasta Salad

  • 1 lb radiatore pasta cooked, drained, and cooled
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tsp garlic minced

For The Garnish

  • chopped hard-boiled egg and/or chopped parsley- optional


  • In a large bowl, combine mayo, onion, celery, sugar, water, vinegar, and garlic. Stir until evenly combined.
  • Add pasta, stirring until evenly coated.
  • Refrigerate covered pasta overnight. Note that the pasta WILL be very soupy at first, but as it chills it will thicken and get creamy. Just re-stir to evenly coat.
  • Garnish, if desired, and serve.


recipe adapted from Paula Deen


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg