Creamy Bow-Tie Pasta with Ham is a kid-friendly riff on the classic fettuccine Alfredo. This one-dish meal is budget friendly, foolproof, and goes from stovetop to table in less than 30 minutes. Start with the basic ingredients and a little imagination, and the variations are endless. Read on to learn how you can make small changes and transform this recipe into your own creation.
Short pasta shapes grab onto the sauce and cradle the small or cut-up vegetables and ingredients. Dry pasta is economical but refrigerated or frozen tortellini and ravioli could add pizzazz to the recipe.
Jarred Alfredo Sauce
Frozen peas are convenient and require no prep. But now is also the perfect time to pick up late spring and early summer fresh produce, such as asparagus, sweet bell peppers, corn and summer squash. Go with your family’s favorites. No matter what you use, this versatile recipe will still be delicious.
Use a pungent cheese, such as fresh Parmesan. Crumbled feta or goat cheese are other flavorful options.
We added chopped deli ham to up the protein and make it more filling. Why not toss in some cooked shrimp, chopped cooked chicken, or crumbled bacon if you have it on hand? Heavy cream adds creaminess, but whole milk or half-and-half can be used instead (it just won’t taste as rich).
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- 1 (16-oz) pkg bow tie pasta
- 1 cup frozen peas (or use fresh)
- 1 (15-oz) jar Alfredo sauce
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- 2 cups chopped cooked ham (about 12 oz)
- 1 (4-oz) jar diced or sliced pimientos, well drained
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions, adding peas during last 3 minutes of cooking; drain in a colander.
- Heat Alfredo sauce and heavy cream in pasta pot; stir in hot cooked pasta with peas, ham, pimientos and salt. Sprinkle with cheese; serve hot.
-Text by Mary Creel, RD