Good morning! How are ya!?
If you visit me here often, you know that I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy meals that can be prepared with relatively few steps and can hold up well in the trusty microwave. If you don’t visit me here often, then you just learned something about me.
There are many times that dinners are made late. Like, eleven o’ clock late. For that hard-working police officer that lives here. And, if the dinners aren’t made late, there is the need to reheat them, which, a lot of the time, zaps a lot of the deliciousness right out of a meal. The dish that I’m sharing with you today meets of my requirements for a weeknight dinner.
Easy. Fast. Delicious….
…and most importantly…
…it uses one skillet.
I mean, who wants to be doing dishes at midnight? Not this girl. And, judging by the tower of dishes I always find when I wake up in the morning, not that hard-working police officer, either. For this meal, you basically throw everything into you skillet, allow it to simmer, and serve. It doesn’t get much easier. Oh, and, I guess you have to prepare your pasta…which will take place in another pot…so I guess you will have two dishes to wash. Pasta pots are easy, though, so don’t get too upset.
Ham and Pasta Skillet
(adapted from Taste of Home’s Simple and Delicious)
1 package (16 ounce) whole-grain rotini pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups cubed fully cooked turkey ham
1 medium sweet red pepper
1 medium sweet orange pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup frozen peas
Cook pasta according to directions, drain, and set aside. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add ham and red and orange peppers and cook while stirring 4-6 minutes or until ham is browned and peppers are tender. Add garlic and herbs; cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
Stir in broth and peas and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes, or until liquid is reduced to about half. Add pasta and toss to combine.
Yield: 8 servings
If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen washing my skillet from last night.
Something to share: Do you have a favorite one-skillet meal? Share in the comments!