PENNE WITH HAM AND ASPARAGUS

Having advocated pasta as a possible slimming dish I thought I would blog this lovely easy recipe. The preparation time is only 20 minutes and cooking time a mere 8 minutes for the sauce and 10-12 minutes for the penne pasta. Remember to only eat a moderate portion if you are dieting, like me!


Ingredients: (serves 4)
8oz penne pasta
12oz fresh asparagus
4oz cooked ham
2 tbs butter or margarine
1 cup double cream

Method:-
  • Prepare the asparagus by by scraping the sides. Cut off the ends of the spears about 1 inch from the bottom.
  • Cut the ham into strips about ½ inch thick.
  • Cook asparagus for about 2 mins in boiling water slightly salted. Drain and allow to cool, then cut into 1 inch lengths, leaving the tips whole.
  • Melt the butter in a sauté pan and add the asparagus and ham. Cook briefly to evaporate the liquid. Then add the cream. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes to thicken the cream.
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta in boiling salted water with 1 tbs oil for about 12 minutes. Drain the pasta and rinse under boiling water. Toss in a colander to drain and mix in the sauce.
  • Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

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