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Ham "Sandwich" Pasta Salad

For posterity's sake, before my newspaper clipping disintegrates. According to the newspaper clipping, this is originally from the 1997 cookbook "Desperation Dinners!" I've been making this for about 2 years, and it's always a hit.

Start to finish: about 20 minutes.
Serves 2 as an entree or 4 as a side dish (I often double it to feed our whole family).

  • 1 cup dry elbow macaroni

  • 1/4 cup "light" mayonnaise (we usually use regular mayo, but the recipe calls for light)

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (we usually use yellow mustard, more kid-friendly)

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper, or more to taste

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cooked ham (either leftover ham from a different meal, or deli ham)

  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half

  • 1 large celery stalk, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and drain well.
2. While the pasta is cooking, combine remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.
3. Add drained pasta and stir well. Serve over lettuce leaves if desired.
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gunthersdncemix June 16th, 2013
I'm not a huge fan of ham but that sounds like it would be good. :)

anitra June 17th, 2013
I'm not a big ham person either, but this pasta salad hits all the right notes - the ham is definitely a presence, but it's more of an accent than the main feature.

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