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Ham and Cheese Pasta Salad

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"When I make this pasta salad, I usually pair it with hot dogs, fried chicken, or sandwiches. I also make it whenever I have leftover ham. This is a recipe with ingredients that can be easily changed to suit your own taste."
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4 h 25 m servings 267
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. Whisk mayonnaise, pickle relish, and milk in a bowl until combined; season with salt and black pepper. Chill in refrigerator while preparing remaining ingredients.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook bow-tie pasta at a boil, stirring occasionally, until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Gently stir ham, Cheddar cheese, peas, onion, celery, and pimento into pasta. Pour mayonnaise mixture over pasta mixture and toss to evenly coat.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours to overnight.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 267 calories; 13.5 25.3 10.9 25 352 Full nutrition

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This was a nice way to use leftover ham. I like that it's easily thrown together w/freezer/pantry staples. I'm not a fan of the way the pasta absorbs all of the dressing, though. If I made th...

10-23-15 ~Not too bad just as is, but even better embellished with things that sound good to you or to use what you've got in the fridge. In my case, since I was only making this for Hubs and ...