Martha Gooch Macaroni Salad

Mary Ann Hanson


Growing up in Nebraska we had all kinds of Martha Gooch macaroni and pasta. It was on all the shelves. Something we all grew up with was the Martha Gooch Macaroni Salad. It was a boxed mix but ended up at every putluck and picnic I remember going to. I made it for my family quite often. Then MG was acquired by American Italian Pasta Company and they discontinued the mix. :( Apparently I am not the only one bummed by this as I found a copycat recipe.

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  • 2 c
    dry ditalini or salad rings
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    salad dressing (like miracle whip)
  • 1 tsp
    each, onion and garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    each, dry mustard and turmeric
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    sugar (i add another)
  • 1 Tbsp
    garden seasoning (tones or perc)
  • ·
    sometimes after chilling i find this needs a little extra salt and a splash of vinegar.

How to Make Martha Gooch Macaroni Salad


  1. Cook macaroni in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain in a colander.
  2. While macaroni is cooking combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl large enough to hold the salad. Mix well and let set until ready to combine with macaroni.
  3. Add cooled macaroni and mix well. Chill for several hours and serve.
  4. This macaroni salad was great to add any other ingredients you wanted. Any other veggies or meat. This stuff was so good! This recipe is really close but not quite exact. I really miss the real stuff!
  5. If desired you can use all mayo or salad dressing. For the boxed mix, I always used half of each.

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About Martha Gooch Macaroni Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #macaroni

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