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Pasta with Peas, Ham, and Parmesan Cheese

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  • Pasta with Peas, Ham and Parmesan Cheese is a delicious way to work carbs into a weight-loss plan.

      Pasta with Peas, Ham and Parmesan Cheese is a delicious way to work carbs into a weight-loss plan.
    Courtesy of Oxmoor House


cup light sour cream

1 box (10 ounces) box frozen peas, thawed

8 ounces uncooked whole-wheat orecchiette or bow-tie pasta

4 ounces lean, boneless ham, thinly sliced

1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, divided

2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, plus more for garnish

teaspoon salt

teaspoon pepper

Combine sour cream and peas in a small bow.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving cup of the cooking water.

Return pasta to pot. Fold in sour cream mixture, ham, cup parmesan, tarragon, salt, and pepper. Stir in enough cooking water to create a thin sauce.

Divide among four bowls; garnish with additional tarragon and remaining parmesan.

Serves four.

@Recipe nutrition:Nutrition values per serving: 434 calories (26.3 percent from fat), 12.7 g fat (6.6 g saturated), 54 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 3.5 g resistant starch, 29 g protein, 55 mg cholesterol, 538 mg sodium.

"The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook" by Ellen Kunes and Frances Largeman-Roth (2011 Oxmoor House)

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