Bowtie Pasta with Ham and Broccoli (or how to feed 4 hungry adults, 4 hungry kids and still have leftovers!)
2 tsp olive oil
2 oz cooked ham (leftovers from Saturday night!) cut into small pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups 1% milk
Salt and ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup low fat cream cheese
12 oz of bowtie pasta
1 large head broccoli cut into bite sized florets (broccoli still on sale this week, sorry kiddos)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Heat ham and cook until brown (approx 3 mins). Add garlic and cook, stirring often for a minute. Stir in flour and cook for another minute.
Stir in milk, season with salt and pepper and stir until mixture starts to thicken. Stir in cream cheese and cook until melted.
While making the sauce, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Add broccoli during the last 3 minutes. Drain, transfer pasta and broccoli back into pot. Add cream-cheese sauce, Parmesan and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.