Bow Tie Pasta Alfredo with Broccoli and Ham

Pasta is so versatile that it’s a favorite choice for our weekly dinners. Although we love the classic dishes, we tend to add our own twist to spice the dish to suit our pallet. This dish is a contemporary one which will go well with a nice fruity wine or a cold beer.

Ingredients

  • Bow tie pasta – 1 packet
  • Black forest ham – 6 slices cut into 1cm squares
  • Broccoli – 150g broken into florets
  • Alfredo sauce – 1 jar
  • Onion – 1/2 diced
  • Garlic – 3 cloves roughly chopped
  • Green bell pepper – 1 small diced
  • White mushrooms – 5 diced
  • Red chillies – 2 small deseeded and thinly sliced
  • Butter – 2 tablespoons
  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Parsley – 20g roughly chopped
  • Italian seasoning/dried Italian herb mix – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

  1. Cook pasta according to the instructions on the packet until al dente.
  2. Drain the pasta and run under cold water. Retain about 1/2 cup of the liquid for the sauce.
  3. Melt butter in a large pan and add olive oil to prevent the butter from burning.
  4. Add onions and saute for two minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another two minutes until the onions are soft.
  5. Add ham, mushrooms, bell pepper and saute for about two more minutes.
  6. Add the broccoli and saute for an additional 2-3 minutes until the broccoli is al dente.
  7. Add salt and the alfredo sauce mixed in with the pasta water.
  8. Bring to a simmer and add the chillies.
  9. Add the pasta and mix well.
  10. Add the parsley, Italian seasoning and mix well.
  11. Serve straight or with grated parmesan as preffered.

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