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26 September, 2019

Creamy shell pasta salad with Ham/ Ensalada de conchitas con crema y Jamon.

Comments : 2 Posted in : Extras, Side Dishes, Uncategorized on by : Marisol Chancellor

What a great combination right? pasta, cream, Ham and bell peppers. Let me tell you, I grew up eating this salad, it was served at almost every Piñata (aka loud Mexican birthday party) I went. Now, every time I eat it I go back in time. It was such an amazing thing growing up going to birthday parties where the family cooked everything, from birthday cake to food, snack and party favors, such a beautiful tradition. I tried to do it myself with my own kids but, I gave up by birthday number four of my first child.

Now, let me tell you about this salad. I made it with Banza’s shell pasta. Banza makes their pasta with chickpeas and let me tell you, I was impressed! super delicious and just as easy to make as regular pasta, and also more protein, and fewer carbs. I did, however, seasoned the water the pasta was cooked in with more than salt. I know, I know that’s not how Italians cook their pasta but, I am not Italian and this is a Mexican recipe so, I seasoned it just like my mom and my aunt would. Chicken bouillon, bay leaf, and garlic. I also used my favorite Mexican crema, Cacique; diced cooked ham and bell pepper. Oh, It made my belly and my heart very happy.

Find the recipe below!

Creamy pasta salad with Ham/ Ensalada de conchitas con crema y Jamon.

Category: Extras, Side Dishes, Uncategorized

Creamy pasta salad with Ham/ Ensalada de conchitas con crema y Jamon.

Ingredients

  • 1 8oz box Banza shell pasta
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema
  • 1/8 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup cooked ham, cubed
  • 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 celery stalk, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a pot, bring 8 cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the bay leaf, chicken bouillon and garlic.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  3. Drain and rinse the pasta and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the cooked ham, bell pepper, and celery.
  4. In a measuring cup or small bowl, mix together the Mexican crema, mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Pour over the pasta and mix everything until evenly coated.
  5. Chill until ready to serve.
  6. Enjoy!

2s COMMENTS

2 thoughts on : Creamy shell pasta salad with Ham/ Ensalada de conchitas con crema y Jamon.

  • Debbie Ashcraft
    September 27, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Marisol, this sounds so good but I am not familiar with Mexican crema. Is it cream sauce with cilantro?

    • Marisol Chancellor
      September 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      It is just a type of cream, like sour cream of Fraiche creme. Mexican crema has a thinner consistency and it is slightly sweet. Hope you try this salad! 🙂

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