Italian Ham and Pasta Salad

Bow-tie pasta is the start of a hearty salad with broccoli, ham and bell pepper in an Italian dressing that you make from scratch.

Yield

6 servings

Salad Ingredients

1 (9 ounce) box frozen broccoli cuts
3 1/2 cups uncooked bow-tie (farfalle) pasta (7 ounce)
1 pound cooked ham, cut into julienne strips
1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons finely chopped onions

Classic Italian Dressing Ingredients

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh marjoram leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Directions

Cook broccoli and pasta separately as directed on packages; drain. Rinse pasta with cold water; drain.

In large bowl, mix all dressing ingredients until well blended. Add broccoli, pasta and all remaining salad ingredients to dressing; toss gently to mix. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or until chilled.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours

Additional Information

Save the recipe for the dressing. It's a classic Italian dressing that gives a fresh taste to any salad.

Fresh broccoli flowerets get our vote for the prettiest and tastiest salad. You'll need about 3 cups flowerets to replace the amount in a 10-ounce package of chopped broccoli.

In a hurry? Use 1/2 cup of your favorite bottled Italian dressing instead of making it from scratch.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories 365 (Calories from Fat 160), Total Fat 18 g (Saturated Fat 4 g), Cholesterol 45 mg; Sodium 1210 mg; Total Carbohydrate 30 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g), Protein 24 g; Exchanges: 2 Starch

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