Creamy Ham and Spinach Pasta

//Creamy Ham and Spinach Pasta

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Today I posted two new kiddy friendly recipes, 4 Can Savoury Muffins and Lunchbox Biccies,  so why not add a kiddie friendly dinner too!

This is a “use the scraps from the fridge” kind of dinner. The boys love this and often eat two big bowls full each. Not bad for a dinner made of bits and bobs. Ive put down that it tales 25 minutes but it really is quicker than that. Perfect for a last minute meal. Did I mention very budget friendly too?

Because I’m lazy and want a quick, fuss free dinner I blitz my spinach early on in the process and therefore the sauce does go a slight green colour. Once stirred through the pasta you can only slightly tell and my boys aren’t phased at all buy it (yet can normally detect spinach or anything green from a mile away and protest?!). If the veggie detectives in your house will be repulsed by this I suggest leaving the spinach out or slice by hand and add in the last minute with the cheese (you will see what I mean when you look at the recipe).

I love Herbamare at the moment as its adds such a great flavour to meals. You can however use regular salt, 1/2 a teaspoon of vegetable stock concentrate or leave it out. I add it for flavour.

You can try my Hidden Veggie Pasta Carbonara for something similar but a little more traditional.

 

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 I haven’t forgotten you! Instructions for traditional method can be found below the Thermo Mixer instructions.

 

Creamy Ham and Spinach Pasta - TMX version
Yields 4
A quick and easy weeknight meal.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 400g dry pasta
  2. 1/2 onion, peeled and halved
  3. 1 garlic clove, peeled
  4. 30g spinach leaves
  5. 10g oil
  6. 100g ham, diced
  7. 300mls cream
  8. 30g parmesan cheese, cubed
  9. 1/2 teaspoon Herbamare or salt
  10. Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to packet directions. Drain, pour into insulated server and set aside.
  2. Place cheese into bowl. Blitz on speed 8 until fine. Set aside.
  3. Place onion, garlic and spinach into bowl.
  4. Blitz on speed 7 for 4 seconds. Scrape down.
  5. Add oil. Cook at 100 degrees, speed 2 for 4 minutes.
  6. Add remaining ingredients except pasta.
  7. Cook 100 degrees, reverse, speed 1 for 10 minutes.
  8. Add cheese.
  9. Cook 100 degrees, reverse, speed 1 for 1 minute.
  10. Pour sauce over pasta and stir through.
  11. Allow to sit for a few minutes to thicken. The longer it sits the thicker it will get.
  12. Serve with a little extra parmesan over the top.
The Road to Loving My Thermo Mixer http://trtlmt.com.au/
 

Creamy Ham and Spinach Pasta
Yields 4
Print
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 400g dry pasta
  2. 1/2 onion, diced
  3. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  4. 30g spinach leaves, sliced
  5. 10g oil
  6. 100g ham, diced
  7. 300mls cream
  8. 30g grated parmesan cheese
  9. 1/2 teaspoon Herbamare or salt
  10. Pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to packet directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Place onion, garlic and spinach into a frying pan along with the oil.
  3. Cook over a medium heat until translucent.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except pasta.
  5. Cook over medium heat until slightly thickened. Approximately 10 minutes.
  6. Add cheese.
  7. Stir until melted.
  8. Pour sauce over pasta and stir through.
  9. Allow to sit for a few minutes to thicken. The longer it sits the thicker it will get.
The Road to Loving My Thermo Mixer http://trtlmt.com.au/
 

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By |2017-06-12T11:21:29+00:00September 8th, 2014|Categories: Lunch and Dinner|8 Comments

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Peta
Peta is a mum to three gorgeous and very energetic young boys. She loves everyday food that is achievable for a busy family, and has a passion for involving children in cooking.

8 Comments

  1. Kirsty September 10, 2014 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Cooked this for dinner tonight Peta (but put in the whole onion and 200g ham to use it up) and it was delish! Even better, it did only take 25mins and my toddler gobbled it up! Happy all round 🙂

  2. Yvonne September 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Made this for dinner tonight I only had 200gms of shells but decided to go ahead and not halve the sauce ingredients thinking I could freeze any left over if necessary but used it all. BTW I used the new Lite Carnation Cooking Cream for the first time and the sauce was yummy.

  3. Gill September 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    I made this tonight as we need dinners with lots of iron for my son. It was delicious! I used bacon instead of ham. I was worried I had put too much cream in but it thickened up just as you advised and my 4y.o. went back for seconds!! My 10 y.o. who needs the iron even ate his quickly in comparison to most nights and asked if I can make it again. That’s a winner in my books! Next time I might double the quantity of bacon though. Thanks Peta.

  4. bec simic October 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    This was a winner in our house too. Miss almost 2 cleaned her plate 🙂 I halved the pasta as it was just the two of us but cooked the sauce as per the recipe.

  5. Kendall Lester November 2, 2014 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    This was a last minute dinner choice that came about because I really felt like pasta and the ingredients happened to match what was in my very bare fridge. I only had 200g of cream so the sauce was very green. I told my 4 boys it was ‘monster pasta’ and they all went back for seconds – that never happens!! Thankyou Peta, it was delish and we’ll definitely be having it again.

  6. Ainsley November 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Yum! The whole family loved this recipe Peta!! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

  7. Carolyn April 2, 2015 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Great recipe thanks! I also used bacon instead of ham and a can of evap light milk instead of the cream.

  8. Louise April 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    I wasn’t sure how this would be received in our house, after all it is (shock, horror, gasp) GREEN!! To my delight my fussy child ate it even exclaiming “YUM”, then the toddler quite literally inhaled it, but miss eight turned her nose up 🙁

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