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Ham Pasta Salad

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
    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


  • 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.
  • Sprinkle with additional Parmesan before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 366 calories, 20g fat (4g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 865mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • annlindblad
    Oct 23, 2020

    Delicious. Added some diced celery for extra crunch. Also good with slivered almonds. Needed to add a bit more milk to the dressing. Hubby loved it.

  • JABlair
    Jul 26, 2020

    I needed a summer recipe family could eat at anytime while I was working. This was an absolute hit and is now a staple this summer.

  • takeataste
    Jul 25, 2014

    This definitely has the WOW factor. Sooooo Delish!

  • administrator
    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.

  • Anonymous
    Jul 22, 2012

    No comment left

  • AnnaRoseH
    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
    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.