Ham Pasta Salad Recipe
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Ham Pasta Salad Recipe

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I "invented" this salad as I went's a combination of various pasta salad recipes I'd seen. It can be served as a side dish, of course. In summer, however, my husband doesn't care for hot meals, so I make it as a main dish. We're recent city transplants with two young children, ages 6 and 3.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 package (7 ounces) shell macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 366 calories, 20g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, toss macaroni with ham, green pepper, tomato and onion. In a small bowl, combine Miracle Whip, Parmesan cheese, milk and salt. Pour over pasta mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan before serving. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Ham Pasta Salad in Country Woman March/April 1994, p33

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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takeataste User ID: 7506074 12797
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"This definitely has the WOW factor. Sooooo Delish!"

administrator User ID: 1996148 12341
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2012

"I have been making this salad for years - I changed two things, I use black olives instead of the green pepper for my familys taste and used mayo instead of miracle whip. Everybody loves it and asks for the recipe."

AnnaRoseH User ID: 1058322 10697
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"I've made this recipe for years and it's always a crowd pleaser. It an easy dish to make and you can make ahead for potluck."

ccbranz User ID: 2339020 16379
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2008

"By far the best pasta salad I have ever tasted. I made this salad for a family party and now it is requested for every family gathering. Tastes best with garden fresh veggies."

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