From the Editors of Live Right Live Well
This pasta recipe is as quick and easy as it is tasty and healthy. Buy frozen vegetables in bags so you can measure what you need, and keep the remainder frozen. Feel free to substitute cooked chicken, turkey, seafood or lean beef for the ham. Fresh herbs, when available, always enhance the overall flavor of a dish.
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients 12 ounces bow-tie pasta, uncooked2 tablespoons olive oil1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1 14.5-ounce can of reduced-sodium chicken broth3/4 teaspoon dried basil or thyme, crumbled (or 1 tablespoon fresh)1 cup frozen petite peas4 ounces low-sodium boiled ham, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2-inch stripsgrated Parmesan cheese, optional
Directions1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Stir in garlic powder and cook for 15 seconds. Pour in the broth, stir in the basil (or thyme), and cook for 3 minutes or until just boiling.
3. Place peas in a large colander. Drain the pasta directly over the peas. Return the pasta and peas to the pan, then pour in the broth. Turn heat to medium-high; add the ham and toss well to combine. Cook for about 2 minutes or until piping hot.
4. Serve with grated cheese, if desired.
Nutrition information (per serving)444 calories21 g carbohydrates 4 g protein 4 g fat240 mg sodium18 mg cholesterol
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