Ham And Asparagus Pasta Recipe

Step 1

Snap off and discard the woody bases from the fresh asparagus, if using. Bias-slice the asparagus into 1-inch pieces. (Or thaw and drain the frozen asparagus. )

Step 2

FOR SAUCE, in a medium saucepan combine stewed tomatoes, parsley, basil, oregano, and ground red pepper, if desired. Bring to boiling. Simmer the sauce, uncovered, about 15 minutes or till reduced to 2-1/2 cups, stirring occasionally. Add the evaporated milk all at once, stirring constantly. Heat mixture through; do not boil.

Step 3

Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions EXCEPT add the asparagus, ham and sweet pepper to the boiling water during the last 4 minutes of cooking time. Drain pasta and vegetables.

Step 4

To serve, place pasta mixture on a serving platter. Spoon the sauce over the pasta. Serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve at once.

Step 5

Makes 4 or 5 main-dish servings.

SOURCE: Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, March 1993

Things You'll Need

  • 3/4lb Fresh asparagus spears or one 10-oz. pkg. frozen asparagus
  • 2cn (14-1/2-oz. ) stewed tomatoes cut up
  • 1tb Dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2ts Dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2ts Dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/8ts Ground red pepper (optional)
  • 1c Evaporated skim milk
  • 10oz Multicolored pasta such as wagon wheel or corkscrew
  • 6oz Lean fully cooked ham, cut into bite-size strips
  • 1sm Red or green sweet pepper cut into strips
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (opt)

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