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Pesto-Flavored Ham and Pasta Salad

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Traditional pesto components (olive oil, garlic, basil, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts) are tossed into a filling pasta salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked small seashell pasta
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup diced Simple Baked Ham (about 5 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 328
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 3.3 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 2.2 g
  • protein 15.5 g
  • carbohydrate 43.6 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 20 mg
  • iron 2.7 mg
  • sodium 582 mg
  • calcium 187 mg

How to Make It

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; place in a large bowl.

  2. Combine vinegar and next 6 ingredients (through garlic). Add cheese, ham, basil, and pine nuts to pasta; toss gently to combine. Drizzle with vinegar mixture; toss to coat. Cover and chill.