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Best Make-Over Ham & Pesto Pasta

Best Make-Over Ham & Pesto PastaHave some extra ham from the holiday meal? Then try this delicious blend of ham, pasta and vegetables in a creamy pesto sauce. This dish is so good, you’ll never think of it as a meal using leftovers.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (12-ounce) box dry tri-color rotini or spiral shaped pasta (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrot medley
1 (12-ounce) can NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
2 cups (8 ounce package) shredded Italian cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese
3 tablespoons jarred or refrigerated pesto with basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups (8 ounces) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding frozen vegetables to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain. Return pasta and vegetables to cooking pot.
  2. Meanwhile, combine evaporated milk, cheese, pesto and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and vegetables. Add ham; stir until combined.

Makes 10 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/10 of recipe): Calories: 330; Calories from Fat: 110; Total Fat: 12g (18% of DV); Saturated Fat: 6g (30% of DV); Cholesterol: 45mg (15% of DV); Sodium: 560mg (23% of DV); Carbohydrates: 36g (12% of DV); Dietary Fiber: 3g (12% of DV); Sugars: 5g; Protein: 19g; Vitamin A: 50% of DV; Vitamin C: 15% of DV; Calcium: 30% of DV; Iron: 10% of DV.

Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestlé® and, used with permission.