Sunday, July 31, 2011

Scrumptious Sunday: Southwest Skillet

 This is my take on Kraft's
Southwest Pasta Skillet:
1lb pasta (I like to choose something that will grab onto the sauce!)
1 tblsp olive oil
1 Green Pepper sliced or diced
Fully Cooked Ham (about 1lb) sliced or diced
1 container Philadelphia Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme
1 can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes (You can use any canned tomato product you have on hand!)
1/2 cup Parmesan Grated Cheese

1. Cook pasta to desired tenderness; drain and set aside.

2. Rinse the pasta pan and return to stove on medium heat.  Add 1 tblsp olive oil.  Once olive oil has come up in temperature, add peppers and diced/sliced ham.  Saute' until peppers and ham have a nice golden crisp.

3. Add canned tomatoes, cooking creme and pasta and heat through stirring to make sure all ingredients are mixed well.

4. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan/Romano grated cheese and stir thoroughly.
5. Plate and Serve!
Final Thoughts:  This has a great flavor thanks to the cooking creme, but it's not too over-powering for traditional tastes.  I love that it can be cooked in one pot and in under 30 minutes for a quick meal!

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