Macaroni Salad with Ham and Cheese

We had lots of leftover ham in our freezer and I thought it might be delicious to use some in a new macaroni salad recipe.  Only problem was I didn't have any macaroni on hand so I swapped it out with some bow-tie pasta instead.

This was delicious!


12 ounce box bow-tie pasta
9 ounces frozen peas, thawed
1 cup diced ham
1/2 cup diced Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon ranch dressing mix

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain.  I like to rinse with cold water too before adding it to the salad.

While the pasta is cooking, combine peas, ham, & cheese in a medium bowl.

In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, mustard, and ranch dressing mix.

Add cooked and cooled pasta to the peas, ham, and cheese, and top with mayonnaise mix.  Stir well to combine.  I like to make my pasta salad in the morning and then just before serving I did add one spoonful scoop of mayonnaise and just a small squirt of mustard since the pasta has a tendency to soak that up.


Such a tasty side dish to go with our grilled chicken.

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  1. This looks really good but I would have to leave the peas out!! LOL! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by!! I hope you have a great weekend!!

    1. I think it would be just as yummy without the peas. My husband loves peas and complains I never serve them (mostly because he's the only one that really likes them!).

  2. this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  3. That looks wonderful. I may make some this evening.

  4. Oh yum... that looks positively delish! A perfect dish for a summer day. Stay healthy!!

  5. Oh this looks so good! Perfect for the warmer weather. I have tuna pasta with feta and onion, that's another good one to try! :)

  6. I love pasta salads but I have not been happy with how my macaroni salad has been turning out. I'm going to have to get this recipe a try!

  7. This looks so tasty. I love the ease as well. Thank you for sharing with #omhgww. Your post will socialized if buttons are available. Be well.

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