Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stovetop Ham Mac & Cheese with Asparagus

I was thrilled. Oh so happy. Easter meant leftover ham. I hardly ever get to make ham at home since the hubs doesn't really like it much! I gladly accepted leftover, slick slices of my sis-in-law's spiral ham...

Then I made this meal, for one... Leftovers of this await me as well :) 

<3 Lishie

Stovetop Ham, Mac & Cheese with Asparagus
  • 1 lb. medium pasta shells
  • 1-2 TBSp olive oil
  • 1 small, red pepper, diced
  • 1 small bunch of fresh asparagus, trimmed & diced into 1-2" pieces
  • 1/2 lb. thick-sliced ham 
  • s & p, to taste
  • 1 c mixed, shredded cheddar cheese
Cook pasta al dente (save 1/2 c of cooking water before draining.)

In a deep-sided saute pan, heat the olive oil. Add the pepper, asparagus & ham. Saute until the veg is tender. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 c of the cooking water... Add the pasta to the saute pan with the ham & veg... Quickly stir in the shredded cheese. Add as much of the reserved cooking water as needed to thin out the cheese & combine the ingredients. Serve!

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