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October 16, 2013

HAM AND PEAS MACARONI ALFREDO

Large casserole macaroni with ham and peas in a creamy, cheesy Alfredo sauce makes a quick and complete weeknight dinner.


Ham and Peas Marcaroni Alfredo
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Avery, a two-year old in my day care, is the cutest little thing I have ever seen. When her hair is in a ponytail, she looks just like “Boo”, the little girl from Monsters Inc. Up until recently, Avery had been the youngest child in the group, but she inspired all of the older children to use their manners. They applied it more frequently after seeing how she got praised for using hers. Avery often says “thank you” when I change her diaper, when I hand her an item, when I serve her food. In fact, when I fed her soup for lunch last week, she thanked me in her little squeaky voice before taking each bite…all twenty five spoonfuls! How cute is that?

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One other person who will be thanking me is my daughter whose craving for Alfredo sauce  inspired this post. In this recipe, freshly grated garlic clove provides a slight hint of garlic, and casserole macaroni (large macaroni) is a fun change from the fettuccine that is typically used with this sauce. With added ham and peas, this pasta dish is a complete, easy weeknight dinner.

Ham and Peas Marcaroni Alfredo In Bowl With Fork


HAM AND PEAS MACARONI ALFREDO





INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. box casserole macaroni
1 stick butter
1/2 lb. deli or left over ham, sliced to 1/4 thick  
1 cup frozen peas
1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pint light cream
1/4 tsp. salt



INSTRUCTIONS:

Slice ham into 1/8” x 1/4” x 1 1/2” strips. Set aside.  

Cook pasta until al dente according to package directions.  

While pasta is cooking, add butter to a large saucepan on medium heat. Using a grater or microplane, grate garlic into butter. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Do not let the butter or garlic brown. Add light cream and salt, stirring frequently. When cream comes to a simmer, add cheese stirring until mixture thickens. Gently fold in peas and ham.  

Drain pasta. Add to sauce, stirring to incorporate. Serve immediately.




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