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30-Minute Ham and Pasta Salad

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 9
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Turn leftover ham into the main attraction, with plenty of fresh veggies and yummy pasta tossed with ranch dressing.

Ingredients

3
cups uncooked small shell pasta (12 oz)
2
cups frozen sweet peas
3
cups diced cooked ham
1
cup sliced celery
1
cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2
cup dill pickle relish, drained
8
oz Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend, diced (2 cups)
3/4
cup mayonnaise
3/4
cup ranch salad dressing
1/4
cup chopped fresh chives
1/8
teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, adding peas during last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking time. Rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix ham, celery, bell pepper, pickle relish and cheese. In small bowl, mix remaining ingredients.
  • 3 Add pasta and peas to salad; stir gently to mix. Add mayonnaise mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Expert Tips

Any small pasta shape can be used for this salad. But instead of the shells, why not try macaroni or rotini?

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
600
Calories from Fat
340
% Daily Value
Total Fat
37g
58%
Saturated Fat
10g
52%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
65mg
21%
Sodium
1470mg
61%
Total Carbohydrate
40g
13%
Dietary Fiber
3g
15%
Sugars
4g
Protein
24g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%
30%
Vitamin C
60%
60%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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