Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ham 'n' Cheese Pasta


3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
3/4 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
2 cups milk
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 pound sliced deli ham, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions, adding asparagus during the last 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter; add garlic. Stir in the flour, onion powder,
pepper and thyme until blended; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2
minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add cheeses; stir until melted. Stir in ham;
heat through. Drain pasta and asparagus; toss with cheese mixture.

Yield: 4 servings.

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