Creamy Bow-Ties with Ham and Vegetables

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 30 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

2
cups uncooked bow-tie (farfalle) pasta (5 oz)
1/2
cup reduced-fat chives-and-onion cream cheese (from 8-oz container)
3/4
cup half-and-half
1
cup ready-to-eat baby-cut carrots, cut lengthwise in half if large
8
oz fresh asparagus spears, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2
cups cooked ham strips (1x1/4-inch)
1/4
teaspoon dried marjoram leaves

Steps

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  • 1
    Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, mix cream cheese and half-and-half. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth.
  • 3
    Stir in carrots. Cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in asparagus. Cover; cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • 4
    Stir in pasta, ham and marjoram. Cook, stirring occasionally, just until thoroughly heated.

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Tips

Expert Tips

Fresh asparagus is easy to prepare. Just rinse with cool water to remove any grit in the tips, and snap off the ends where they naturally break. Then cut into pieces of the desired size.

To reduce calories and fat, just use reduced-fat cream cheese with chives and onion and fat-free half-and-half.

Penne or rotini make good subs for the bow-tie pasta in this recipe.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
Calories from Fat
130
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
23%
Saturated Fat
8g
38%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
60mg
20%
Sodium
1100mg
46%
Potassium
600mg
17%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
13%
Dietary Fiber
4g
15%
Sugars
7g
Protein
22g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
120%
120%
Vitamin C
6%
6%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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