Posts tagged ham
White Wine Lemon Spaghetti with Ham and Tarragon
I bet if you are a long term reader, you are can guess what I'm going to say next. There seems to be a theme among our recipes around here lately. They are easy, one pot, simple, healthy meals that come together in a snap. Well tonights dinner is no different! I love spaghetti and so does my family, but sometimes you want to elevate your dish just a bit from the traditional. This meal is a great spin on a traditional italian dish. It's hearty hunks of delectable ham are delicious, but the white wine lemon sauce keeps it light and perfect for spring. 

8 ounces spaghetti noodles
1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup butter
1 cup ham, cubed
2 tablespoons fresh taragon
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper

Boil your spagetti until al dente. While that cooks, melt your butter and add your white wine. Boil until reduced. Add your ham, lemon, and tarragon to your sauce. Once spagetti is cooked, add the spagetti and beans to the sauce and stir until combined. Salt and pepper to taste. 

See? Easy, fresh, and fantanstic. 

Ham & Dill Pasta Salad
I don't know about you, but come January I can get pretty tired of hearty winter soups and roasts. Sometimes you want something a little lighter. This savory pasta salad has a wonderful bite to it but still tastes fresh and light. It is also a healthy dish to help you stick with your new years resolutions. 

Beautiful, colorful, and healthy. 
2 cups elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons finely diced purple onion
3 celery ribs, leaves included, chopped
3/4 cups peas 
1 cup diced ham 
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

First step is to finely dice your purple onion and soak it in cold water. This will help to mellow out the raw onion flavor. 

Cook your macaroni in heavily salted water, for about 8 minutes, until al dente. Remove and drain your macaroni from the pot and place in fridge to cool. Mix your mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper together. Then slowly add your olive oil with a whisk. Once combined add sour cream, cream cheese, and milk and whisk together. Then add the fresh dill. 

Combine your ham, peas, celery, and macaroni and combine. As you can see it makes a beautifully colorful pasta salad, and comes together in about 20 minutes. Its a super simple dish.  

This will serve 6-8 people. Bon appetite!