Thursday, December 31, 2009

We Eat A LOT of Pasta around here...

...because it's cheap, and its good, and usually pretty easy. This recipe is one I came up with the other day when trying to figure out two things: 1, what to do for dinner, and 2, what to do with the leftover ham we got from his parents after Christmas dinner. It was quick and easy (took me probably about 30 minutes at the most), and we both liked it. Hope you enjoy it too!

Pasta with Ham and Peas

1 c ham, diced finely
1/2 c milk
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c frozen peas
1 small to medium onion, chopped finely
1/4 tsp garlic powder, or 1 clove fresh garlic, pressed or chopped finely
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch chili powder
1/4 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
1 lb pasta of your choice (I used rotini)

Bring pot of water to a boil, salt water with about 1 tsp of salt. Add pasta, and cook to pkg directions. While pasta is cooking, in 1 tbsp oil, heat ham and onion and garlic, til onions are tender. Add flour and stir til ham and onions are coated, then add milk, and stir til thickened and everything is combined. Add cream cheese, and stir til combined and cream cheese is smooth. Add spices and then peas, and stir to combine (til peas are defrosted and bright green). Drain pasta, then add to sauce and stir til all pasta is coated. Makes about 6 servings.

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