Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ranch Ham 'n' Cheese Pasta

Amy and I made this the other night, and it was delish. It even came from my Comfort Food Diet magazine, so it is pretty good for you too!! It looks like a lot of ingredients, but most of them are just spices, so it's really pretty easy.

1 package (16 oz.) penne pasta
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 cup fat-free milk
2 tsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried minced onion
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup (8 oz.) reduced-fat sour cream
2 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded reduced fat Mexican cheese blend (we used less...)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain. In a Dutch oven, melt butter, whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk and seasonings. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. (It will look and smell like Ranch dressing!) Reduce heat; fold in sour cream until blended. Add ham and pasta; cook and stir until heated through. Remove from heat; stir in Mexican cheese blend until melted. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Nutrition facts: 1 cup equals 306 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 612 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein

Enjoy!! It's delicious.

*Recipe from Taste of Home Comfort Food (Diet!) Cookbook magazine, 2009, pg. 99

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