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    Light and Creamy Pasta with Ham, Peas, and Mushroom

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    35 mins

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    K Conway2's Note:

    I ate a dish at The Olive Garden Restaurant several years ago that I loved. They have since removed it from their menu, so this is my "light" re-creation of it!

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    • 1 (7 ounce) package cheese tortellini (or larger)
    • 1 (8 ounce) package deli cut ham steaks, cubed (or larger)
    • 8 ounces frozen peas, partially thawed
    • 8 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms
    • 2 cups white wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
    • 3/4 pint half-and-half cream (I use fat free)
    • 2 cloves garlic (I use a garlic press to mince them)
    • 3 tablespoons light butter (I use I Can't Believe it's Not Butter, Light)
    • 3 -4 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
    • salt and pepper, to taste


    1. 1
      Put 3 tbsp. of light butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. After a minute, put in minced garlic cloves
    2. 2
      Add 1 cup of white wine then add all of the mushrooms and saute for 3-4 minutes
    3. 3
      Start to boil the water for the pasta. Add cubed ham and peas to the saute pan then add the remaining 1 cup of white wine and saute for 3-4 minutes
    4. 4
      Put your pasta in the boiling water. To the saute pan, add 3/4 pint of half & half, then lower the temperature to low-medium heat (so that it doesn't bubble)
    5. 5
      After 2-3 minutes, add corn starch one tbsp. at a time and stir-the sauce will slowly thicken over 3 to 4 minutes
    6. 6
      Salt and pepper to taste, serve over the pasta, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, enjoy!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 27, 2007


      This has an amazing flavor. I left out the mushrooms and used 1 cup apple juice as I only had 1 cup of white wine. For some reason, my sauce did not thicken at all. Will try again and hope for different results there. Thank you.

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    • on June 06, 2007


      We just came back from Italy and I was looking for a recipe like a dish we ate over there. This came very close (probably didn't tate the same since I used low-fat ingrediants!) I did just put a handful of Parmesan/Asiago cheese in it. I think the Asiago made it a little sweet. Next time I'll know to stick to the recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for Light and Creamy Pasta with Ham, Peas, and Mushroom

    Serving Size: 1 (446 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1154.0
    Calories from Fat 416
    Total Fat 46.2 g
    Saturated Fat 26.1 g
    Cholesterol 184.5 mg
    Sodium 2136.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 91.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.9 g
    Sugars 11.5 g
    Protein 52.3 g

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