Sunday, July 18, 2010

Episode 13 - Lazy Sunday Pasta

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Ham and Swiss is one of the greatest combos ever.  This recipe is like taking a ham and Swiss sandwich and making it into a big bowl of pasta yummy-ness...not that the sandwich isn't yummy...'cause it is, but this post is called "Lazy Sunday Pasta" there.

Ham and Swiss in a Bowl

1/3 of a box of spaghetti
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 cup milk
1/4 cup swiss cheese, shredded
leaves from 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
a pinch of each salt, pepper and nutmeg
1/4 cup deli ham. diced
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 tomato, diced

Start a pot of water boiling for the pasta and cook it according to the package directions.  Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat in a small saucepan.  Once it's melted, add the flour and wisk a little to make yourself a roux.  Cook the roux for 1-2 minutes then wisk in the milk.  Let it thicken a little then start stirring in the cheese. Next add the salt, pepper and nutmeg along with the diced ham.  Voila - a tasty pasta sauce. 
Once your pasta is cooked, strain it then put it back into the pot.  Pour in the sauce and about half of the spinach and give it a stir to coat the pasta and wilt the spinach.  Add the second half of the spinach, let it get wilty then serve topped with the diced tomatoes and a little freshly cracker black pepper.

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