Bow-ties with smoked ham & asparagus

    50 mins

    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.

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    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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    very easy light and delicious  -  10 Dec 2012  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    Fantastic. I used can asparagus because fresh was unavailable. Great for using up ham from Christmas. Tasted excellent after being chilled in the fridge overnight too. This could be made to be a cold salad. Great hot and cold.  -  28 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)