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Pesto-Flavored Ham and Pasta Salad

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.

Cooking Light JANUARY 2005

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)


  • 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


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 328
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 3.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Protein: 15.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 43.6g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Iron: 2.7mg
  • Sodium: 582mg
  • Calcium: 187mg

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