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Easy Presto Pasta

This swift supper caters to even the pickiest eaters.

February 18th, 2007

By Julia Aitken

"Mmm, can I take the pasta home, please?"
Carson, four-year-old nephew of Jules C., Vancouver
Prep Time
18 minutes
  • 2 cups  (500 mL) tiny broccoli florets, about 2 stalks    
  • 3 cups  (750 mL) cavatappi (Scooby-Doo) pasta
  • 1  can (385 mL) 2% evaporated milk
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) cornstarch
  • 1  pkg (113 g) garlic-and-herb cream cheese, divided into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped cooked ham or salami
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh basil (optional)
  1. Put broccoli florets in a large colander; set aside in sink. In large pot boiling water, cook pasta for about 8 minutes.

  2. In a small saucepan, whisk together 3 tbsp (45 mL) evaporated milk and the cornstarch until smooth. Whisk in remaining milk, cream cheese, salt and pepper; whisk over medium heat for 4 minutes. Simmer, whisking constantly, 1 minute, until smooth. Stir in ham.

  3. Drain pasta through colander containing broccoli. Return pasta and broccoli to pot. Add cream cheese mixture, tomatoes and basil; stir gently.

Nutrients Per Serving

per serving (for 6, without basil): 374 calories, 10.2 g fat, 271 mg calcium, 895 mg sodium, 49.3 g carbohydrates, 3.1 g fibre, 20.3 g protein; excellent source of calcium, good source of iron and vitamin C

Easy Presto Pasta
Photos by Janet Bailey
Food Styling by Marilyn Dunphy
Prop Styling by Emily Vezér

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