Ham, macaroni and ricotta cheese

Description

Food for an Italian day while using leftover pork meat the smart way.

Ingredients

1⁄2 c cheese (part skim ricotta cheese)
2 t vinegar (balsamic vinegar)
1⁄4 t sugar
1⁄4 t pepper (black pepper)
2 c ham (diced leftover cooked ham)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to manufacturers instructions. Add your peas in the last 3 minutes of cooking
  2. Using a food processor, whirl together the cheese, vinegar, sugar, mustard and pepper on high speed for 30 seconds. Place into a large bowl.
  3. Drain pasta and peas. Soak up excess water with a paper towel, careful it is hot. Toss all ingredients including ham, well and serve, or allow to chill in the refrigerator for several hours.

Notes

Serve ham, macaroni and ricotta as a warm or chilled pasta salad.

If you don't have them, you can substitute elbow macaroni with other short pasta shapes, any short pasta will do, or rice, to make a ham, cheese, and rice salad.

Equally, substitute ricotta with other chesse, if you ike a stronger cheese flavor.

6 servings
25 minutes