Spanish Ham and Manchego Pasta Salad

Bring on the Spain with this pasta salad with ham, manchego and smoked paprika.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus more, for serving

1/4 teaspoon finely grated garlic

1 cup grated manchego cheese

8 ounces dried penne

1 cup diced ham

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, smoked paprika, garlic, 3/4 cup of the manchego, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool; add to the bowl with the dressing.
  4. Add the ham, parsley and red peppers to the bowl and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup manchego and sprinkle with smoked paprika. The pasta salad is best if served right away.
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