Improv Cooking Challenge ~ Ham and Cheese Macaroni Salad
Use your favorite small pasta in this dish - I like macaroni because I keep it stocked in my pantry, but I think seashell pasta would be nice as well, or rotini (another favorite of mine for pasta salad).
Creamy pasta blended with a mildly spicy mayo based sauce and loaded up with your favorite cheese, veggies (I wanted to use a mix of peas and carrots, but didn't have any left in my freezer, so stuck with just the peas), and some diced ham and you have an easy meal for any time of day that is easily portable for a work lunch, or a quick dinner.
Ham and Cheese Macaroni Salad adapted from Fake Ginger
1 pound uncooked small pasta (macaroni, shells, rotini, etc.)
1/4 cup sour cream
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste (if desired)
1 1/2 cups ham, cut into small cubes
1 cup cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes (I used a white Irish cheddar)
1 1/2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
- Prepare macaroni to al dente according to package directions. After macaroni is cooked, drain and rinse in cold water. Once macaroni has cooled down, drain well.
- Combine cooled pasta with the spicy mayo, sour cream, apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper to taste, if desired (I didn't use salt and pepper). Gently stir in the ham, cheese, and peas until combined.
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight.
- If the salad seems a little dry after setting up overnight add a little bit of milk and stir it in until the pasta reaches the creamy consistency you're looking for before serving.