Phil’s Pasta Tuna Salad #SundaySupper — Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

So I’m lucky enough to be a part of the #SundaySupper movement started by Isabel at Family Foodie, which endeavors to bring back Sunday supper around the family table. I love this goal and think that every family should be striving for this as often as possible. Every week Isabel chooses a theme, and this week it is, of course, Father’s Day! So I thought I would bring to you a recipe that reminds me of my father so much — his famous pasta tuna salad. Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

I ate this with my family as a meal for my whole life growing up — and my Dad still eats it often to this day. The best part of sharing this recipe with you was getting to call my Dad and ask him for the recipe. I felt so lucky that we could share this together, and had to laugh at the end of the conversation when he said, “Great, Cher, now I’m gonna have to have this for dinner tonight!” because I’d sparked his appetite. The apple doesn’t fall so far from the tree…here’s a video of me making this, with the full recipe just below!

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Phil’s Pasta Tuna Salad
1 lb pasta, shells or elbow macaroni (me and Dad prefer shells)
1 12 oz can tuna
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup frozen peas (or more!)
2 tbsp finely minced Vidalia onion (optional)

Measure out peas and cover them with tepid water to begin to thaw them. Cook pasta according to directions. In the meantime, mix together in large mixing bowl tuna, mayonnaise, now-just-cold peas, and minced onion. Spread mixture along outsides of bowl and place bowl in freezer while pasta is cooking to bring to cold temperature. Drain pasta and rinse under cold water to bring pasta to cool temperature. Bring out mixing bowl from freezer, and mix the pasta in evenly with the tuna mixture. Ta-daaaaa!!


Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s that hold a special place in our hearts. The recipes this week for part of the #SundaySupper are a tribute to fathers. Check everyone out!:

Father’s Day Brunch:
Dad’s Omelette Bar Small Wallet Big Appetite
Peanut Butter and Honey for Father’s Day Breakfast Yummy Smells
Healthy French Toast In the Kitchen with Audrey
Paska Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks 

Dad’s Favorite Soup, Salads and Bread:
Phil’s Pasta Tuna Salad The Watering Mouth
Simple German Potato Salad and Wiener Wursts German Foodie
Roasted Beet Soup Vintage Kitchen Notes
Dad’s Cornbread Magnolia Days 

Father’s Day Favorite Main Dishes:
Greek Burger Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Dad’s Favorite Roast Beef Mrs. Mama Hen
Sonoran Hot Dogs Damn Delicious
Bacon Stuffed Jucy Lucy Burger Are you Hungry?
Spicy Roasted Salmon in Coconut Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Dad’s Pride-of-Mobile Fried Oysters Pescetarian Journal
Smoked Baby Back Ribs Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Grilled Pork Chops with Tarragon Butter Tora’s Real Food
Beef Tongue in Tomato Sauce Basic and Delicious
Bibim naeng myun Kimchi Mom
Chicken Biryani Soni’s Food for Thought
Brown Rice and Black Beans Mama’s Blissful Bites
Bacon Recipes for Dad Momma Cuisine
Curry Fish with Mixed Vegetables MyTrials in the Kitchen
Roast Beef Roll Ups Daily Dish Recipes 

Dad’s Sweet Tooth:
Bread and Butter Pudding Cositas Bonitas
Tin Roof Sundae Ice Cream famfriendsfood
Coconut Cream Pudding Chocolate Moosey
Rich & Fluffy Banana Pudding Parfait The Meltaways
Black Forest Cheesecake Cravings of a Lunatic
Macadamia Nut Cookies Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again
Peach Cobbler Bars Juanita’s Cocina
Iced Cookie Bars That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Pudim Molotoff, Portuguese Meringue Pudding Family Foodie

Wine Pairings for Father’s Day 

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  1. Nice video and recipe! Thanks for sharing this for Father’s Day #SundaySupper

  2. Well, that video was not only adorable, but you are so entertaining!

    I’m craving this salad now. My dad used to make something very similar too! YUM!

  3. Hi Cheri,

    Through the course of this Father’s Day, I’m determined to read every bloggers beautiful post. It’s refreshing to see a video, and I enjoyed watching yours! As it happens, tuna salad is one of my dad’s favorite dishes too! Wonderful post. Love your blog, too.


  4. Such and easy and lovely recipe!!Will be making this very soon, my husband would love it :)

  5. Well, first of all…you are just too adorable. I can just feel the love through the video. What a wonderful Father’s Day tribute. :) And second, this reminds me of a pasta salad that I grew up with and haven’t eaten in ages. You filled me with nostalgia. I don’t think we had tuna in ours, though?? I’ll be trying this one over the summer, for sure.

  6. That was such a fun video! I want to make videos soon. I just have to get my act together!!

  7. Sounds good and simple! I will need to try it.

  8. OMG Your laughter is infectious!!! The tuna salad looks/sounds gooey and delicious!!! Thanks for sharing it with is for #SundaySupper!

  9. A simple recipe with a few ingredients, two things that I love, can’t wait to try it.

  10. Yes, it IS perfect. And who cares if mayo is healthy…

  11. This sounds easy enough for us to make! The girls have yet to try a cold pasta salad but it would be great for the park tour we are taking this summer.

  12. Cherie,
    We are so glad you have you join #sundaysupper! Love your recipes and your contagious enthusiasm!

  13. Thanks for sharing. Love your blog!

  14. Your tuna salad is the perfect #SudaySupper! May family loves it, especially my youngest son Red.

  15. I love this recipe. I never learned how to make tuna salad so this is great for me. Now I can whip it up when we have my family visit.

  16. Lovely video !!! and nice recipe !! I like simple and easy ! Thanks for sharing :)

  17. I hate being on camera, so kudos! I’ll just stick to behind the scenes ;)

    Love the simplicity! I never thought of pairing tuna and pasta salad. My dad would love this too. Thanks for sharing :)

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