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Pasta with Ham, Spinach
and Mascarpone

Menu Plan for the week of April 12, 2013:  Tuesday's Recipes

Pasta with Ham, Spinach and Mascarpone

Cooking time:  25 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      I may have mentioned - the spinach has been gorgeous this spring. And it's so good for our eyes.... Enjoy it! This should finish the mascarpone.

Pasta with Ham, Spinach and Mascarpone     Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
    Barely cooked spinach and cherry tomatoes, makes this similar to a salad. It's a light pasta dinner, perfect for spring.

10oz (300gr) ham, baked, deli style
6oz (175gr) spinach
3 green garlic   substitute 3 green onions and 1 clove garlic
4oz (125gr) cherry tomatoes,   about 1 cup
1 tsp basil
1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
1/2 cup mascarpone
2 tsp olive oil
1 1/4 cup pasta

Cook the pasta according to package directions. 
Trim green garlic and slice, using as much of the green tops as reasonable or trim and slice green onion and mince garlic. Cut ham into bite-size pieces. Cut cherry tomatoes in half.  Prepare the spinach, wash and dry if needed, and tear any that are huge. 
In a large skillet heat oil.  Add green garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Add ham and sauté 3 minutes longer. Add stock, basil, mascarpone and cook, stirring, until heated through and well combined.  Add cherry tomatoes, drained pasta  and cook for 2 minutes.  Add spinach, toss to combine and slightly wilt the spinach.  Serve. 

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, pot and colander for pasta

Put water on high heat for pasta
   Go do something while water heats
Cook pasta
Slice green garlic or onion/garlic

Sauté green garlic
Cut cherry tomatoes
Cut ham, sauté
Prepare spinach
Add stock, basil, mascarpone to skillet, stir, heat
Drain pasta
Add pasta, tomatoes to skillet, stir, heat
Add spinach to skillet, stir, wilt ever so slightly

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