I couldn't even wait for this to chill in the fridge overnight- grabbed a bowl and already chowed some down. How could this possibly taste better tomorrow? Seriously? It's already delicious AS IS, just after mixing it! Best pasta salad I have ever had! I did not add the peppers only because no one in the family likes them but me. Might add some another time in a small bowl just for me only, but I don't know if this salad even needs them!
Also, you can buy some brown sugar ham cut one inch thick at the deli counter, for those who would love to make this without having to cook an entire ham. That's what I did, and thank goodness I bought two one inch slices (approximately two pounds worth of brown sugar ham, mmmmmmm mmmm!!!!)instead of one, as I made a double batch of this with double the pasta (total of 32 oz of cavatappi pasta cooked.
Sorry to the other viewers who used the sweet pickle relish, but I preferred to use the sweet pickles in the original recipe with a half of a cup of pickle juice (1/4 of a cup if you make a singular batch). I'm not so sure I'd want to use the sweet relish after eating this with the sweet pickles and their juice!
Anyhow, thanks for a fabulous recipe- I already know it's going to be hit tomorrow night with my family! All ham and pickle lovers, and both in a pasta salad? Who could beat that? Oh, and the beef bouillon granules (I used no sodium granules) tasted fabulous in this- however did you come up with this idea?
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I couldn't even wait for this to chill in the fridge overnight- grabbed a bowl and already...