THE Pasta Salad


This is a wonderful cold pasta salad that has been a family favorite of ours for years. Wonderful for potlucks, picnics, or any gathering.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 55 mins
7 servings


  • 1 (8 ounce) package small seashell pasta

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 ounces cooked ham, cut into thin strips

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen English peas, thawed

  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • green onions, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Rinse under cold water, drain, and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Over medium heat, bring water to a full boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Immediately plunge eggs into cold water. Let cool completely, then peel and slice.

  3. In a large serving bowl, toss together the pasta, egg, ham, peas, and Swiss cheese. In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, green onion, mustard, mustard, and hot pepper sauce. Stir until well blended.

  4. Pour 3/4 of the dressing over the pasta, and toss to coat thoroughly. Spread the remaining dressing evenly over the top of the pasta salad, all the way to the edge of the bowl. Sprinkle with paprika, cover tightly, and chill 4 hours, or overnight for best flavor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

450 Calories
28g Fat
32g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 450
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 335mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 10mg 52%
Calcium 311mg 24%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 213mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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