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Angel Hair with Ham and Artichoke Hearts

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Categories: Entertaining, Low-fat, Pasta Dishes
Type: Main Dishes

Angel hair pasta is very fine, and requires a delicate sauce. This dish has been perfectly balanced!

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces capellini (angel hair) pasta
  • 5 ounces ham, at least 97% lean, thinly sliced and cut into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon crushed fresh garlic
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped frozen (thawed) or canned (drained) artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or dry white wine
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • SAUCE
  • 1 cup nonfat or low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup skim or low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated nonfat or regular Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

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Directions:

  1. To make the sauce, place all of the sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain well, return to the pot, and cover to keep warm.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray, and preheat over medium-high heat. Add the ham and garlic, and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, or until the ham is lightly browned.
  4. Add the artichoke hearts, broth or wine, and Italian seasoning to the skillet, and cook uncovered for about 2 minutes, or until the artichoke hearts are heated through and the liquid is reduced by half.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium, add the pasta to the skillet, and toss to mix well. Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture, and toss gently for a minute or 2, or until the sauce is heated through. (Do not allow the sauce to boil.) Add a little more milk if the sauce seems too dry. Serve hot.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright � 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.

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