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Creamy Ham and Pea Pasta Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x


Salty and savory ham mixed with the pop of sweet baby peas is a delicious combination especially when mixed with pasta in a creamy garlic dressing! Bring this side dish to your next summer BBQ or just eat it on it’s own as a quick and easy meal. You won’t be disappointed!


  • 1 lb. pasta ( I like using shells or something similar)
  • 2 cups ham (diced)
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas
  • 1 cup scallions (chopped)
  • 34 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (I use reduced fat but choose what you like)
  • 12 tablespoons poppy seeds (optional*)


  1. Cook your pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water before draining.
  2. Add your ham, peas, and scallions into a large bowl with the pasta.
  3. Add 4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, and the minced garlic to the 1 cup of reserved pasta water. Mix until creamy and smooth.
  4. Pour dressing over the pasta, and give everything a good toss together. Sprinkle with poppy seeds before serving.
  • Category: Main Dish, Salad
  • Cuisine: Pasta
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