Sunday, March 2, 2014

Amanda's Fancy Ham Pasta

I sat down at the computer to eat my dinner -- romain lettuce, a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese, and a ribbon of ranch wrapped up in a tortilla. Mmmmmm.... Sounds good, right? Don't get me wrong, this is a delicious meal considering my other options this late at night with two indecisive and never agreeable children. I wanted quick and easy, which this was. Okay, back at the computer, I opened up my email and saw that my little sister had emailed me pictures of the dinner she served tonight along with the recipe for it.

Talk about a good smack down! My little sister out "mothered" me, once again. This does NOT happen often people! bwaaaahhhhh :( okay, I lied. She is a better mommy than me. Ugh. ;) Love ya little sis.

Here is the recipe for her fantabulous "throw together whatever is on hand" dish. Her little ones wanted to name it. I think they did a pretty dern (yes, I meant D-E-R-N) good job -- much better than my Stravocadanerry Smoothie name, don'tcha think? 

Fancy Ham Pasta
1 pkg spaghetti noodles
Ham (about 4 thick cut slices) - diced
1-2 cups Broccoli - diced
1-2 cups Cauliflower - diced
1-2 Cups Spinach - diced
1/2 stick butter
2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
4 slices of Swiss Cheese -dice into small pieces
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbsp (to taste) Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb blend
1 Tbsp (or more to taste) Tony's Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning
Olive oil

In a pot, pour heavy cream, Mrs. Dash, and butter. Turn on Medium/low and allow butter to melt. Mix occasionally.
In a larger pot, fill with water, add some oil (just a little). Bring to a boil.
Once boiling, add pasta. Cook as directed on box.
In a large skillet, put diced cauliflower and about a tablespoon of oil. Sautée on medium heat for a few minutes. Add in diced broccoli, continue to sautée for about 5 minutes or until veggies are softer. Stir occasionally. Add ham to veggies.
Add in diced spinach. Mix. Cook for about 2 minutes.
Sprinkle with about 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese. Mix.
Pour Cream mixture into skillet with veggies. Stir.
After noodles are done cooking, strain water and add pasta into skillet.
Mix everything together.
After plating, sprinkle with the diced Swiss cheese. 


What kind of throw together meals do you make?
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