Yum! Super easy, and quick to pull together for a weeknight meal. I’ve used this creamy, lighter “alfredo” on other things as well and it’s always delicious.

Creamy Fettucini with Peas and Ham

(Mel’s Kitchen Café)

Serves 4-6, depending on the size of the appetites!

1 pound dry fettuccine noodles
2 cups frozen peas
2 tablespoons butter
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 1/2 cups lowfat milk (I used 1%)
1 (8-ounce) light or regular cream cheese, cubed
8 ounces thinly sliced deli ham (I used a thick sliced ham steak)
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (I’ve used the stuff in the green bottle – it’s fine too!)

In a large pot, boil the fettuccine according to package directions. Add the peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and peas in a colander and set aside.

While the pasta is boiling, in a large 12-inch skillet or a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the cubed cream cheese, whisking or stirring until it is well combined with the butter and garlic and the mixture is relatively smooth. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue stirring and cooking until the mixture is bubbly and hot, 1-2 minutes. Remove the skillet or pot from the heat and stir in the ham and Parmesan cheese.

Return the pasta and peas to the large pot they cooked in and pour in the sauce. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.

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