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  • Ham, Peas & Pasta Salad

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    Ham, Peas & Pasta Salad
    Prep: 20 min Cook: 10 min Servings: 10
    by Salad Foodie
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    A nice choice for a summer cookout or picnic, this pasta salad can be made up to a day ahead for convenience. My pasta choice for this is ditalini, a small pasta often used in soups (this can be hard to locate but Barilla sells a one pound box.) Or substitute your own small pasta FAV such as elbows or shells.

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups uncooked small pasta (about 1/2 pound of ditalini, small elbows or shells)
    • 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet peas (I like petite size)
    • 2 cups diced cooked ham
    • 3/4 cup celery, sliced
    • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
    • 1/3 cup pickle relish (sweet or dill)
    • 1/3 cup finely chopped onions (or more to taste); Spanish, red, or scallions OK
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/2 cup Ranch salad dressing (or substitute regular mayonnaise if preferred)
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions

    1. Cook pasta as directed on package, adding peas the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time; Rinse with cold water to cool, then drain well.
    2. Meanwhile in large bowl mix ham, celery, bell pepper, pickle relish and onions. Gently fold in drained cooled pasta and peas, mayonnaise and Ranch dressing.
    3. Taste for seasonings and adjust. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
    4. Yield: 6 generous main-size servings or 12 -14 side course-size servings

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