Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hawaiian Pasta Salad

Makes a ton and is better the next day - Thanks MeggieC2B

Boil 1# of penne pasta. While it's cooking chop into bite sized pieces: a hunk of ham or turkey ham and some celery, and put it in a bowl. Drain a can of pineapple chunks (reserve the juice) and dump that in the bowl too, along with a bunch of seedless grapes (red or green, depending on your taste). For the sauce, soften a package of cream cheese (you can use the reduced fat kind, it won't make any difference), and stir in some of the pineapple juice and about 2 tbs of sugar. (It should be kinda thin and a little lumpy.) Drain the pasta and dump it in the bowl with the fruit and ham, then pour the sauce over the top and stir (the hot pasta will melt the remaining cream cheese lumps). Then drain a big can or 2 of mandarin orange slices and stir those in.

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