A variation from the traditional macaroni or pasta salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
11 mins
additional:
59 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Fill a pot with lightly-salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in the shell pasta and cook until the pasta is tender but firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.

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  • Stir the peas, ham, Cheddar cheese, onion, mayonnaise, vegetable oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl; add the cooked pasta and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour, or until completely chilled, before serving.

Nutrition Facts

365 calories; protein 16.2g 32% DV; carbohydrates 33.4g 11% DV; fat 19.6g 30% DV; cholesterol 36.5mg 12% DV; sodium 672.4mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (31)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2009
My kids really like this salad. I do add a little finely chopped red onion and if the shredded cheddar cheese is on sale I do use that (not a big deal to swap out for the cubed cheese) and sometimes to save time I also use a bottled salad dressing. My youngest daughter really likes this with bacon ranch salad dressing!!! Read More
(17)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2016
This is the foundation for a good pasta salad. I added cayenne pepper paprika Cole slaw dressing and some ranch dressing as well as a wee bit of bacon fat instead of the oil. I think you could omit the cheese or shred it as other reviewers mentioned. Onion is a must. I added these items as it started out too dry ( not enough dressing) and bland. Would make again but as mentioned as the base for the salad. Read More
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46 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 16
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2009
My kids really like this salad. I do add a little finely chopped red onion and if the shredded cheddar cheese is on sale I do use that (not a big deal to swap out for the cubed cheese) and sometimes to save time I also use a bottled salad dressing. My youngest daughter really likes this with bacon ranch salad dressing!!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2011
I used macaroni, 2 tbs. ranch dressing, and equal parts olive oil mayo and reduced fat sour cream and omitted the oil for the sauce base for this recipe. I did NOT add SALT because the HAM has plenty. I substituted white pepper and a dash of cayenne for the black pepper. YUM! It's dishes like this that I end up eating most of and NOT taking for a pot luck. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2009
This was a good salad, although on the dry side. There's really not much to the dressing. I could see the benefit of using a bottled salad dressing (I like the idea of the bacon ranch!). We did enjoy it and it's very light. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/08/2009
Very good recipe will make again. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
08/31/2011
This is a great basic pasta salad! Although I did omit the oil and lemon juice. I also did not add salt as there would be plenty of salt from the ham. Other than that it was delicious! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
Everyone in my family enjoyed this recipe. The second time I made it with ring pasta and we liked that even better than the shells. I used shredded cheese for the convenience. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2013
This was a nice base. I didn't have any peas so I used green onions for color and added chopped hard boiled egg.I didn't measure any ingredients but I know I used a ton more mayo than called for. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2010
Very good and easy Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2010
I ground the ham in my food processor and added more mayo. There were no leftovers! Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2016
This is the foundation for a good pasta salad. I added cayenne pepper paprika Cole slaw dressing and some ranch dressing as well as a wee bit of bacon fat instead of the oil. I think you could omit the cheese or shred it as other reviewers mentioned. Onion is a must. I added these items as it started out too dry ( not enough dressing) and bland. Would make again but as mentioned as the base for the salad. Read More
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