Princess Pasta

           

2
tablespoons butter
1
tablespoon minced onion
4
ounces mushrooms, washed, dried and sliced
1/8
teaspoon salt
4
ounces ham, cut in thin strips
1
tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1
pound short asta (penne or mostaccioli)
1/2
pint whipping cream
1
cup grated Parmesan cheese
Parsley

 

 

Melt the butter in a skillet on medium heat.  Add onion and sauté it until soft and white.  Add mushrooms and salt.  When mushrooms are done, stir in the ham and parsley.  Remove the skillet from the stove.

 

Cook the pasta and drain completely.  Return the pasta to its pot on medium-high heat.

 

Pour in the cream.  Stir the pasta until the cream begins to bubble.  Add 3/4 cup of the cheese, blend well and remove the pot from the heat.  Stir in the ham mixture, holding some back for topping.

 

Put the pasta in a serving; dish, scraping cream from the sides of the pan.  Sprinkle the pasta with remaining cheese and arrange the ham topping in the center.  Garnish the pasta with parsley.

 

Another way to serve this is simply with the cream and cheese, omitting the other ingredients.  This dish is similar to Pasta Alfredo.

 

Serves 4 to 6.