the dinner solution: noodles with ham, peas, spinach & yogurt

yogurt sauced pasta with spinach, ham & peas

There’s a lot to be said for sitting tight and remaining focused on work and crossing things off the to-do (or as I like to call it, the Teux Deux) list. And this month, my list is looooong. So it’s the nose to the grindstone and all of that productivity business, I guess. I’d love a set of octopus arms right about now because that would be kinda cool, dontchya think?

yogurt sauced pasta with spinach, ham & peas

In the meantime, I’ll settle for simple. The call for take out is easy, but I promise that this meal isn’t too much effort. This dinner is familiar and comforting and almost a necessity in times of stress. A big ol’ bowl of pasta? Oh yes please!

But this pasta isn’t rich with heavy cream, or cream cheese. Instead, it gets its creamy sauce from just a generous tablespoon of plain old yogurt. Plus, there’s some smoky ham, bright green spinach and peas to keep everything friendly. Minced garlic and Parmesan cheese is a requirement, natch.

yogurt sauced pasta with spinach, ham & peas

Don’t stress it. Dinner is ready.

elsewhere:¬†Thinking about muffins? Trust me, you’ll be baking up a batch of these delicious marmalade muffins asap over at Poppytalk. They’re lovely.

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18 comments to “the dinner solution: noodles with ham, peas, spinach & yogurt”

  1. 1
    Rina   March 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Hahahahaha teux deux. Made me lol a lot.

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe   March 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Delicious is my name, and simple is my game. Or something like that. ;)
    Love this easy dinner solution!

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    Joanne   March 7, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Ugh…to-do lists. I definitely have one and I’ve definitely been ignoring it! Need to refuel with a quick and easy pasta like this and get to it!

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    vanillasugarblog   March 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

    never ever thought to use just a cup of plain yogurt to kick up a pasta dish. excellent idea my dear!

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    Meghan   March 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love noodles and I have every one of these ingredients in my fridge. What to make for dinner tonight is now checked off my Teux Deux list! Thanks!

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    Dramatic Pancake   March 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Ugh, the dreaded Teux Deux list! Haha, I seriously want to rip mine up right now. Love that this is simple enough to pull together quickly but also healthy and GOOD! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   March 7, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I miss pasta. Ever since I switched to gluten-free foods, I have had a hankering for pasta dishes. Rice noodles just don’t have that same texture. I’ve added yoghurt to pasta in the past and I must say it’s a great thing to get in the habit of doing. It’s both delicious, creamy and healthy.

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    Lisa   March 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Ahh, I almost skipped this post because of the ham, but THANK YOU for introducing me to Teux Deux! I’d never heard of it before, and I am in love. Thank you thank you from my list-loving self. :)

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    kickpleat   March 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Rina, it’s an awesome name & I love the list app. The best!

    Thanks Amanda, we can all use a little dinner help now & again.

    Joanne, it must be a crazy busy month all around!

    It works really well, VanillaSugarBlog – though I think a cup would be waaaaay too much.

    Glad I could help out with dinner ideas, Meghan.

    Thanks, DP!

    Joanne, have you tried kamut pasta? I like it and I’ve heard good things about corn pasta. Good luck satisfying those pasta cravings!

    TeuxDeux is awesome, Lisa. No prob!

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    Melissa@Julia's Bookbag   March 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    YUMMY YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!!!!! I think my kiddo would love this as well :)

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    Jocelyn   March 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Looks yummy :) I usually don’t eat pasta because of how heavy it usually is but this dish looks healthy and full of yummy foods :) I like that the sauce is yogurt based!

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    Lucy @ Lucyeats   March 10, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Haha TeuxDeux list is inspired! I like how you’ve made a yoghurt sauce

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    Bunny Eats Design   March 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I love easy recipes like this.

    I make lists all day long. I have to do lists for the day, to do lists for the season and shopping lists for food and other things. I always put a few easy tasks in there because the feeling of achievement is wonderful.

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    Kim   March 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    This is the first time I have tried a recipe from your site and all I have to say is THANK YOU!!
    We just had this for dinner and it was seriously the best pasta dish I have had in a long time. I used mushrooms instead of ham.
    It came together pleasantly quickly (you know how sometimes people swear it is fast and easy but it ends up being a lot of work.. not this time!)
    I have never heard of using yogurt as a pasta sauce and I love how it kind of just melted in to the background with the butter and created a silky mouth feel without making the dish blatantly milky or creamy.
    Now I’m going to browse your site to find tomorrow’s dinner recipe!

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    kickpleat   March 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I think this would be a very kid-friendly dish, Melissa! Let me know if you give it a try.

    Jocelyn, it’s nice and light with the yogurt – not too creamy or heavy at all.

    Thanks Lucy :)

    Bunny Eats, I do the same thing!! Lots of lists means getting stuff done :)

    Kim, thanks so much for commenting – and for trying one of my recipes. Glad you enjoyed it and I think mushrooms sound like a great substitute. Enjoy browsing around!

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    Curly J   April 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Sounds like a great, simple dinner! Bookmarking :)

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    A L   April 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I just made this. You are the best.

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    kickpleat   April 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks Curly J, it does make for a good simple dinner. Enjoy!

    AL, thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed.

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