Smokey Ham And Lentil Pasta Salad

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A lentil pasta salad may not seem like it should be a staple in your house but trust me when I say it should be. With smokey ham and three different types of vegetables lentil pasta salad is a healthy side or main dish. Kids and adults will enjoy it. Smokey Ham and Lentil  Pasta salad is also a great pick for your next potluck. Just increase the amount of the ingredients as needed. There is mayonnaise in the dish so it will need to be kept chilled but since it can be served cold it is still a good option for summer picnics. 

Smokey Ham And Lentil Pasta Salad 

Serves 8-10 

Ingredients

  • 8oz penne pasta, cooked & drained
  • 1/2 lb lentils
  • 1/2 lb ham steak, cubed
  • 1 small broccoli crown, chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Italian Dressing
  • 2/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • Salt & Pepper

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Instructions

To prepare the lentils, soak them for 10 minutes (even though the bag says no soaking required). It will speed up the cooking process. Remove any that float to the surface, these are more than likely dried up and do not need to be in your finished dish.

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Drain the water and start fresh cooking per the bag instructions. Add a few cubes of ham to the lentils while they cook. 

When the lentils are fork tender (be careful not to over cook or they will be mushy), remove from heat and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl- add the dressing and mayonnaise. Mix well. Add the pasta, chopped broccoli, diced red pepper, peas, cubed ham and cold lentils. Mix well, salt & pepper to taste.

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Smokey Ham And Lentil Pasta Salad
A lentil pasta salad may not seem like it should be a staple in your house but trust me when I say it should be. With smokey ham and three different types of vegetables lentil pasta salad is a healthy side or main dish.
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Ingredients
  1. 8oz penne pasta, cooked & drained
  2. 1/2 lb lentils
  3. 1/2 lb ham steak, cubed
  4. 1 small broccoli crown, chopped
  5. 1 small red pepper, diced
  6. 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  7. 1/2 cup Italian Dressing
  8. 2/3 cup Mayonnaise
  9. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. To prepare the lentils, soak them for 10 minutes (even though the bag says no soaking required). It will speed up the cooking process. Remove any that float to the surface, these are more than likely dried up and do not need to be in your finished dish.
  2. Drain the water and start fresh cooking per the bag instructions. Add a few cubes of ham to the lentils while they cook.
  3. When the lentils are fork tender (be careful not to over cook or they will be mushy), remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl- add the dressing and mayonnaise. Mix well. Add the pasta, chopped broccoli, diced red pepper, peas, cubed ham and cold lentils. Mix well, salt & pepper to taste.
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