First start cooking the hard cooked eggs. While that is going, dice the red onion. You might find lately the red onions are a bit harsher than usual, this is because of the drought. Soak it in cold water for about 5 minutes and drain.
Cut up the ham. Be sure to cut off the “skin” or rind.
Slice up the celery.
In a saucepan combine the drained onion, vinegar & sugar. Bring this to a simmer and let go stir occasional for about 5 minutes. This will in effect pickle the onion.
Cook the pasta as directed. Drain and rinse well with cold water; set aside.
When ready to serve: Add the stir up the dressing; toss to combine. Top with reserved egg; sprinkle with additional sweet paprika and pepper.
If the sauce is thick, add about ½ cup of milk and stir well.
Here is a special song for tonight: