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Friday, June 14, 2019

Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

All of the flavor of beloved deviled eggs with less pressure to make them look perfect. This deviled egg pasta salad is perfect for picnics, BBQs or just because.

Looking down at a serving bowl of creamy deviled egg pasta salad

      Deviled eggs are always so delicious, but making them for a crowd can be a real chore. This deviled egg macaroni salad is a perfect way to stretch the flavor and make a fun side dish out of it. There are even a few tips for making it extra quick and easy!

      MiMi originally made this pasta salad in the very early days of the blog. I figured it was past time to update the pictures and reshare it with you.

        As MiMi and Pops' chicken flock grows they have found themselves with an abundance of eggs. That used to mean we got a dozen to take home most weeks.

        Right now there is more of an obligation to take at least a couple dozen... or else! Little Dude usually gets a dozen or two of quail eggs as well.

        We do go through a fair number of eggs at our house between baking and breakfast, so there are no complaints. Even still, we occasionally find ourselves with a glut of eggs.

bowl of cream dressing for pasta salad with cooling rack and hard boiled eggs nearby

       With 4 dozen eggs in the fridge the other day, I figured I had better get using them before the next set found its way there to join them.

        My guys are always ready for deviled eggs, but I have to be in the right mood to make them. Something about knowing that's what they are destined for automatically makes hard boiled eggs harder to peel.

         So I generally end up making deviled egg inspired dishes instead. We love deviled egg dip and deviled egg potato salad is one of our favorites.

          This time I thought I would revisit this pasta salad. I'm glad I did because it reminded me about MiMi's tip of using a baking rack to dice the eggs.

using squares of cooling rack to dice hard boiled eggs for salad

         It makes that mundane part of the recipe quick and fun! So the recipe is ready before you know it.

        My husband is usually pasta salad adverse. Something about cold pasta blah blah blabbedy blah.

        I'm not saying he piled his plate high, but he was able to dig up some compliments and even got a bit for seconds. So I'd say that's a win!

Now I'll share Mimi's original post, then I'll share a few extra tips with you.

serving bowl full of deviled egg macaroni salad with sliced hard boiled eggs, paprika and chives on top

Original post from 2015:

     There was a recipe for deviled egg macaroni salad in a magazine I was reading.  My family really likes the deviled eggs that I make so I decided to create my own deviled egg macaroni salad that would highlight the flavors that they all love.

   I brought it to two different cookouts and was asked for the recipe.  When KC had us over for his bacon explosion, I decided to make this to go with it.

side view of a bowl of creamy deviled egg macaroni salad

    Now the friends and family that asked for the recipe will have it.  I decided to keep it plain so that everybody would eat it.

     Each of my children have different things they won't eat.  This was a safe bet, but it would be fun to add a variety of ingredients to this base recipe.

     Celery, cheese, cheddar cheese chunks, onions and cucumbers are just some of the ideas I have.  I think it would be fun to change up the seasonings to fit the dish you are serving with this also.

   Some ideas are: onion powder, garlic powder, dillweed, seasoned salt or Cavendar's seasoning.  The "pastabilities" are endless. -MiMi

glass mixing bowl full of deviled egg pasta salad

Tips for making hard boiled eggs:

Using older eggs makes them easier to peel. Going straight drom the nesting box to the pan will make for difficult hard boiled eggs.

Making hard boiled eggs in the instant pot is quick and easy.  Put the rack on the bottom of the instant pot and pour in a cup of water.  Add a dozen eggs (or however many you'd like) and pressure cook them on high pressure for 5 minutes. Let pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then do a quick release. Place eggs in a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes and voila... the eggs are ready!

Using a baking rack with square holes is a super quick and easy way to chop the eggs.

big helping of deviled egg pasta salad served with a sloppy joe sandwich

Tips for making pasta salad:

Give your pasta a chance to cool before adding the dressing. Warm pasta will absorb some of the moisture which might be great for oil based dressings but can result in a dry creamy pasta salad.

If the pasta salad does get a little dry, pickle juice is a great way to add both moisture and flavor without a bunch of calories.

Creamy pasta salads should be kept cold. Refrigerate them until you are ready to serve. If it will be out for a while put the serving bowl in a larger bowl with some ice in it to keep it cool.

Pasta salads are forgiving, so have fun with it! Add whatever sounds good to you and don't get too uptight about making it perfect.

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Yield: 16 servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee

Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

All of the flavor of beloved deviled eggs with less pressure to make them look perfect. This deviled egg pasta salad is perfect for picnics, BBQs or just because.
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 25 M


  • 1 pound elbow noodles or small shells
  • 12 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (or plain greek yogurt)
  • 2 Tablespoons mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon each salt, pepper, paprika


How to cook Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

  1. Cook and drain the pasta according to the directions on the box. Spray with cool water or soak in ice water to cool it down before you mix the other ingredients into it.
  2. Dice the eggs. 
  3. Mix mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sugar and spices together in large bowl. Stir in the eggs.
  4. Drain pasta well and then stir into egg and mayo mixture.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve. 
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If you love deviled eggs, but need to feed a crowd this is a perfect way to stretch the flavor with a lot less work! Deviled Eggs Macaroni Salad is perfect for picnics, BBQs, potlucks and more!


  1. Oh my! I love deviled eggs. Like so much that I used to make them for an after school snack growing up! I will try this salad for sure. I love the trick you showed about the cooling rack to dice/cut the eggs up. Never knew that, so clever. Have a great day!
    Jessica @ togetherasfamily

    1. That is too funny. I never thought of making them as an after school snack,b ut I could see Jax requested them as one. He LOVES hard boiled eggs!

  2. I think my family would love this salad. I found your link through the Tips & Tricks link-up.

    1. It is a good one! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I love how simple this recipe sounds. Easy recipes are my favorite! I happen to have all of the ingredients in the house. I'm going to pin this so that I can make this next week!

    1. I hope you love it! It is an easy way to make the flavors of deviled eggs stretch.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday, I just pinned this recipe it looks so good! Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Pasta salad is so much fun to mess around with. The possibilities are endless, but this version is always a hit with our family! Thanks for hosting!

  5. This is the most interesting pasta salad recipe I've seen! I will definitely be making this for the next family gathering. Only then though, because while my husband doesn't mind pasta salad, he doesn't like hard boiled eggs??!! I do have to ask.... Does the Instant Pot make the super fresh eggs easier to handle? Or are they still challenging?

  6. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on our Top Ten this week at Full Plate Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, we have pinned it to our special features board. Hope you have a great day and come back real soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. This pasta salad sounds so good, Carlee! I love deviled eggs and pasta salad, so that's a win!!


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