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Plated macaroni salad topped with chives

Macaroni Salad (Copycat Kraft Pasta Salad)

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 portions


  • 3 cups elbow macaroni

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp granulated onion
  • 1 Tbsp granulated garlic
  • ½ Tbsp paprika
  • ½ Tbsp dried basil
  • ½ Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • pinch of sea salt


  • Prepare macaroni according to package directions for al dente pasta. (Don't forget to salt the water before cooking the pasta.)
  • Drain pasta and run under cold water for 2 minutes to stop cooking process.
  • Pour pasta into a large bowl and allow to cool completely at room temperature. Stirring occasionally to allow the heat to come out of the bottom.
  • Meanwhile, mix all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • When pasta is cooled, pour dressing over pasta and stir to coat.
  • Cover a refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Serve cold.