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?
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.
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.
noodles tossed with ham, peas & yogurt
A touch of lemon zest & a squirt of juice would be nice here stirred in just before serving.
350 g bavetti (or the pasta of your choice)
1 T olive oil
1/4 red onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 thin slices of black forest ham, diced
1/3 c frozen peas
1 bunch spinach, rinsed & picked over
1 – 2 generous tablespoons plain yogurt
1/4 c parmesan cheese, grated
1 T butter
salt & pepper to taste
Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onion, garlic and ham and let the flavours meld for a good 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When the pasta is cooked, drain away some but not all of the pasta water (about 1/2 cup of water left in the pot is good) and toss into the skillet. Stir in peas along with the yogurt, parmesan and butter and toss well. Add in the spinach and let that wilt a bit. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings.