Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Another new pasta recipe
Spicy Ham & Cheese Pasta
Favorite Brand Name 365 Pasta Recipes Copyright 1997
½ (16-ounce) package corkscrew pasta I used Dreamfields rotini, more than 1/2 package
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, cut into julienne strips I used yellow peppers
1 small red onion, diced
1 large clove garlic, crushed
8 ounces cooked ham, cut into ½-inch cubes
1 cup ricotta cheese I used part-skim ricotta
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce I used Frank's
¾ teaspoon salt
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add and cook bell pepper, onion and garlic until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add ham; cook 3 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
In large bowl, toss cooked pasta with ham mixture, ricotta cheese, parsley, Tabasco sauce and salt; mix well.
Makes 4 servings.
This recipe caught my eye when I was looking for something to make with Dreamfields new rotini (new to me, at least). I didn't think this recipe would be bad (of course, or why would I have made it?) but I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as we did. Even my son scarfed down a good-sized serving of it. Very impressive considering I also served salad and he usually forgets about everything else when there's salad around.
Since I used Frank's Hot Sauce, this wasn't very spicy but I didn't feel it needed to be. It had plenty of flavor. I used some yellow peppers out of my freezer stash and I really liked them in this.
Question of the Day: When did you last eat pasta? What kind of pasta was it?