Bow-ties with smoked ham & asparagus

Bow-ties with smoked ham & asparagus

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About this recipe: A rich source of B vitamins and protein, ham is surprisingly low in fat. The sodium content can be quite high, however, but reduced-sodium hams are available.

Janet Mitchell

Serves: 4 

  • 300g bow-tie pasta
  • 375g asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3cm lengths
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped oregano leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large red capsicum, cut into 1cm squares
  • 125g smoked ham, cut into 5mm dice
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) chicken stock
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian basil
  • 3 teaspoons (15ml) lemon juice

Prep:25min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water according to the packet directions, until firm-tender. Add the asparagus for the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over moderate heat. Add the onion, oregano and a good grinding of pepper, and cook for 12 minutes or until the onions are golden and very tender. Add the capsicum and ham and cook for 5 minutes or until the capsicum is crisp-tender.
  3. Add the drained pasta and asparagus, the stock, lemon zest and a pinch of salt, and simmer until the pasta is heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil and lemon juice.

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