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Penne with Ham and Sweet Peppers

No recipe image available.Sunny Mediterranean flavors transport our favorite American ham to new shores. Slice navel oranges to toss with greens for an accompanying salad.

Recipe Ingredients:

3/4 pound ham, thinly sliced and cut into strips
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 sweet bell pepper (green, yellow or red), seeded and thinly sliced
2 small summer squash (zucchini or yellow squash), thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon dried oregano
8 ounces penne, or other small pasta shape
1/2 cup light cream
1/4 cup minced fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup minced sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat and sauté pepper, squash and garlic until squash is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in oregano, set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, drain and return to hot pan. Stir in pepper mixture, cream, basil and tomato; toss thoroughly and remove to serving platter.
  3. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and season with freshly ground black pepper, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of National Pork Board.