Pasta & Ham Salad Primavera


What can you do with all that left over ham? Make Pasta & Ham Salad Primavera. Cut up the ham into 1/4 inch strips and freeze in food safe freezer bags. The ham will be ready for adding to your summer recipes.


1 16 oz package bow tie pasta (or any you prefer)

1 cup or more cooked ham (cut into 1/4 inch long strips)

2 cups frozen petite peas

1/2 cooked roasted red pepper (finely diced)

1 slice red onion (finely minced)

2 ounces cheddar cheese (chopped into small pieces) (optional)

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning mix

Fresh crushed black pepper

1 squirt lemon juice


Cook the pasta as per package directions. Turn off heat, 5 minutes before the pasta is cooked add the ham, peas, and peppers and let simmer for a few minutes. The peas are very tender so they’ll cook with the heat from the pasta.

Drain the pasta in colander and place in a large bowl.

 Add the remaining ingredients and toss gently.

Taste and add more pepper or seasoning if desired. Place in the refrigerator to cool. Serve and enjoy!

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