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Creamy Ham Penne

 Creamy Ham Penne
Mixing spreadable cheese with whole wheat pasta, broccoli and fat-free milk for a main dish is a healthier use of this convenience product than simply spreading it on crackers. —Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.


  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 package (6-1/2 ounces) reduced-fat garlic-herb spreadable cheese
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, cook penne according to package directions,
  • adding broccoli during the last 5 minutes of cooking; drain. Remove
  • and set aside.
  • In the same pan, combine milk and spreadable cheese. Cook and stir
  • over medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Add the
  • ham, pepper and penne mixture; heat through. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/4 cups equals 371 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 672 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 25 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.