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Asparagus Ham Dinner

 Asparagus Ham Dinner
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
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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,

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Asparagus Ham Dinner (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.