Creamy Bow-ties with Broccoli and Ham

In the Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen, Minoo demonstrated two recipes.  The first recipe is Creamy Bow-ties with Brocoli and Ham.


This creamy pasta dish is simple to prepare and it has vegetable and meat in it to make a complete meal.   This recipe is taken from eat well and it serves 4.


  • 12 oz bow-tie (farfalle) pasta
  • 12 oz broccoli (1 bunch), cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 8 oz cooked ham, cut into cubes



bowties-11-300x200Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add a drizzle of oil so that the pasta wont stick.Add pasta and cook as package instructions.
bowties-14-300x200Add broccoli to water the last 3 minutes of cooking.
bowties-16-300x200Meanwhile, heat butter in a medium skillet over medium high heat until melted.

Add onion; saute for 4 minutes or until soft.

bowties-18-300x200Add half-and-half.

Season with salt and pepper; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.

bowties-19-300x200Add ham, cover and cook until heated through, about 1 to 2 minutes.
bowties-17-300x200Reserve about 1 cup of cooking water before draining the pasta and broccoli.
bowties-31-200x300Add sauce into drained pasta and toss well.  Add a little pasta water to thin sauce if it too dry.

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  1. Jeff

    I was always told not to add oil to pasta, as the sauce won’t stick on as well.

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