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Pretty Penne Ham Skillet

 Pretty Penne Ham Skillet
I'm a busy nurse, so fast meals are a must. This pasta is a tasty change of pace from potato-ham casseroles. —Kathy Stephan, West Seneca, New York
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a
  • large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add ham,
  • red pepper and onion; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until ham is
  • browned and vegetables are tender. Add garlic and herbs; cook 1-2
  • minutes longer.
  • Stir in broth and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer,
  • uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add
  • pasta; toss to combine. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1-1/2 cups equals 567 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 1,344 mg sodium, 62 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.