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Asparagus Ham Dinner Recipe

Asparagus Ham Dinner Recipe

I've been making this low-fat meal for my family for years now, and it's always well received. With asparagus, tomato, pasta and chunks of ham, it's a tempting blend of tastes and textures. —Rhonda Zavodny of David City, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 3/4 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups diced fresh tomatoes (about 6 medium)
  • 6 ounces boneless fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute asparagus and yellow pepper in oil until tender. Add tomatoes and ham; heat through.
  • 2. Drain pasta; add to the vegetable mixture. Stir in seasonings. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 198 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 559 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.