Pesto-Flavored Ham and Pasta Salad

Traditional pesto components (olive oil, garlic, basil, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts) are tossed into a filling pasta salad.


8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

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Nutritional 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


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
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


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

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.