Sonora style macaroni salad

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Sonora Style Macaroni Salad

Sonora Style Macaroni Salad

Sopa Fría de Pasta

Recipe Yield

6 to 8 servings

Cooking time

25 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.2 from 5 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1 8-ounce jar roasted red peppers drained
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Mexican crema
  • 2 tablespoons sauce from sweet chipotles in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces thick cut ham
  • 2-3 ears fresh corn husked
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1/2 cup muenster cheese or your favorite cheese, diced
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced

To Prepare

  • Bring salted water to a boil over high heat in a large pot. Add macaroni noodles and cook according to package instructions, adding in the peas in the last minute of cooking. Drain the macaroni and peas into a colander and rinse with cold water until cooled.
  • Add the roasted peppers, mayonnaise, crema, chipotle sauce, yellow mustard, salt and pepper to a blender. Blend until very smooth. Pour the mixture into a large bowl, set aside.
  • Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Add the ham and corn to the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes, tossing and flipping occasionally, until the ham is browned on all sides and the corn starts to char. Remove the ham and corn from the grill. Chop the ham into 1/2-inch cubes and cut the corn from the cob. Transfer the corn and ham into the mayonnaise mixture. Add in the cooked macaroni and peas, along with the onion, celery, cheese and scallions. Toss everything together until coated. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Comments

24comments inSonora Style Macaroni Salad

  1. Nicole

    Feb 07

    Hi, Pati!
    I watch you all the time on PBS and decided to try this pasta salad for the Superbowl. I really love the mix of flavors and how hearty it is. I will make this again and again.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      So happy you liked this pasta Nicole, gracias!

  2. Maria M

    Jan 27

    Pati, my oldest daughter and i made this the other day and it literally brought tears to my eyes because it reminded me so much of the macaroni salad my mother made for me as a child. She passed last summer and her loss was very difficult for all of us. But just eating that macaroni salad brought back happy memories. Thank you for that.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Gracias Maria for your very sweet message, so glad this recipe brought back the memories of your mom’s kitchen. Un abrazo!

  3. Tim

    Jan 16

    This is a winner! A new favorite. ¡Bien hecho! Pati

  4. Ryan

    Jan 08

    Just saw your episode, this salad looks delicious. Im gonna add some diced seranno chilies to spice it up!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      The salad has already a bit of spice because of the chipotle sauce Ryan, but of course some serranos will be yummy!

  5. Rica

    Jan 05

    I don’t like mayonnaise what can I substitute it with????

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 05

      Hi Rica, you may want to try cottage cheese, olive oil or maybe some avocado crema, good luck!

    2. mts

      Jan 11

      I have found avocado mayonnaise has gotten me past that issue.

  6. Tom

    Dec 11

    Hello Pati,
    I have tried to find those sweet chipotles in adobo and have even looked for them in the brand you mentioned in comments below, the “La Costena” brand. But I can not find any that are specially marked as “sweet chipotles in adobo.” The only ones I find are marked in the usual way, as plain old “chipotles in adobo”, instead of labeled as a sweet kind. I searched almost everywhere else on internet I could think and could not find them.
    Are the ones which you use in the recipe actually labeled as “sweet chipotles” on the packaging?
    Thank you for your wonderful new season.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 11

      Just go ahead and use traditional chipotles in adobo Tom, this pasta salad will be equally delicious 😉

  7. Darren

    Nov 16

    I will definitely be trying this, the ingredients are so interesting!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Thanks so much Darren, hope you like it 🙂

  8. T

    Nov 02

    Hi Pati,
    This sounds really yummy, but I am wondering about the 2 Tablespoons of sauce from sweet chipotles in adobo. I have not had any luck finding sweet chipotles in adobo, can you recommend a brand. Thank you for all the great recipes, techniques and information you share, we have liked/enjoyed every recipe we tried.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 03

      Thanks so much for reaching out T. My favorite brand is La Costena, you can find it online 😉

      1. T

        Nov 03

        Thank you for your reply and information. I actually have that brand on the list for my next mexgrocer order. Thank you again. Looking forward to the next cookbook. You are so awesome!

  9. DEBORAH K OLIVEIRA

    Oct 29

    Where do you find sweet chipotles in adobo?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 03

      In Latin or Hispanic Markets Deborah, also you can try online from La Costena 😉

  10. Robert Macias

    Oct 29

    Now that looks good.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 03

      It is good Robert, hope you will give it a try 😉

    2. Aidee Navarrete

      Dec 23

      This salad is simply delicious. The kids love it and I have used it in our family get togethers and everyone loves it. Thank you very much Pati!

  11. Anirudh

    Oct 29

    As a vegetarian, what can I use instead of ham?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 03

      Just leave the ham out Anirudh, it will be equally delicious 😉

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