This Pimiento Cheese Macaroni Salad will be the star of the cookout! It has diced ham, store bought pimiento cheese, and macaroni noodles.
A UNIQUE PASTA SALAD RECIPE
This recipe is maybe going to sound a little strange but I promise that everyone will love it. It's a little different but I always get asked for the recipe after folks try it. It really could not be easier to make too. The pimento cheese spread really provides a lot of flavor to this dish and kicks it up a notch. Plus, it keeps the macaroni salad from tasting bland.
TIPS FOR MAKING MACARONI SALAD:
- What I love most about using pimiento cheese spread in a pasta salad is it already has seasoning added. So really, I am just adding a bit more mayo and a couple of other ingredients to 'beef' it up. Even people who aren't fans of pimento cheese love this dish!
- Feel free to add in your favorites here. Cucumbers, green peppers and/or tomatoes are all great additions.
- Substitute bacon instead of the ham.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- macaroni noodles
- pimiento cheese spread
- diced ham
- diced green onion
- salt & pepper
HOW TO MAKE PIMIENTO CHEESE MACARONI SALAD:
Prepare macaroni according to package directions.
Once macaroni is cooked, drain and rinse macaroni under cool water.
Drain well and pour into a large bowl.
Stir in pimento cheese and mayonnaise.
Then stir in diced ham…
…and green onion. Give it a taste and season with salt & pepper if necessary.
Chill for about an hour before serving.
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Pimiento Cheese Macaroni Salad (+Video)
- 16 ounce box macaroni noodles
- 12 ounce container pimiento cheese
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 ½ cups diced ham
- ½ cup diced green onion
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Prepare macaroni per package directions.
- Once macaroni is cooked, drain and rinse macaroni (in a colander) under cool water. Drain well and pour into a large bowl.
- Stir in pimiento cheese and mayo.
- Then stir in diced ham and green onion. Give it a taste and season with salt & pepper, if necessary.
- Chill for about one hour before serving!
Originally published: March 2016
Updated & republished: July 2020