Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Four-Cheese Pasta with Peas and Ham

Here's a quick stove-top macaroni & cheese one pot meal that is so kid friendly.  This recipe serves 4 and can easily be reduced or expanded for more or less servings.

12 ounces gluten-free penne pasta (I prefer quinoa pastas as the other types would not stand up to this cooking method)
1 1/2 cup frozen peas
2 large eggs, plus 1 egg white
1 cup evaporated milk,  (make your own) or Coconut Milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 1/2 Cups shredded Italian Cheese blend
2 cups diced ham

Cook the pasta according to directions adding the peas in the last 2 minutes of cooking. 

Whisk the eggs, egg white, and milk in a bowl.

Drain the pasta and peas; wipe the pot dry and return the pasta and peas to the pot.  Add the butter and stir to coat.  Add the cheese and the egg mixture.  Place the pot over med-low heat and cook, stirring constantly until thickened, 8-10 minutes.  Add the ham halfway through the cooking.  Be sure to NOT let the mixture boil or the eggs will scramble).  Remove the pot from the heat and serve.

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