Ham and Blue Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

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When I first saw this recipe, it piqued my interest. It flopped at first, but after some adjustments, this salad's become a real winner in our home.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups julienned fully cooked ham
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue or feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Stir in the ham, blue cheese, parsley, garlic, rosemary and pepper. Add oil and pecans; mix well. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Ham and Blue Cheese Pasta Salad in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p53

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

I substitued toasted walnuts for the pecans and added a bit of sun dried tomato dressing. I had so many people asking for the recipe!

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