- ½ box wide egg noodles
- 1 package “California blend” frozen vegetables.(cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots), thawed
- 1 package reduced-fat cream cheese
- ¼ tsp Poultry seasonings.
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan (optional)
- 8 ounces sliced cooked ham steak, cut into ½-inch ribbons
Normally slave starts out by saying you should do your cutting first. However with this dish it is not necessary. Start a pot of plain water to boil. NOTE: any time you have to boil water for pasta, put a lid on it and it will get hotter faster. Also, add the salt to the water after it has reached the boil.
Now this pasta said to cook for 10 minutes,
so set the timer at 7 minutes.
While that heats up, trim and cut the ham steak. You will have plenty of time, don't rush and cut yourself!
Spray a non-stick pan and heat over medium high heat. Stir in the ham pieces and cover, stirring occasionally. This is just to heat it up, not cook it.
With the pasta and vegetables in a large bowl add the cream cheese chunks and the seasonings. Stir to blend. If it is too dry, add about a ¼ cup of hot pasta water and mix in until this is smooth and creamy.
If you like, sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese to top it.
Go easy on the seasonings, this particular brand of vegetables had seasonings already in there. While you can add more, you can't take any away.
Be kind to your guests. Serve this with a side, or desert, of fruit. Just plan on doing this any time you serve a dish with a lot of cheese. Trust me on this! :-)