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This is a full-on pasta dish with ham, mushrooms, spinach, and a Parmesan cheese sauce. Serve with fresh ground pepper.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir 1/2 teaspoon salt into a pot of water; bring to a boil. Stir penne pasta into the boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.

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  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ham and mushrooms in hot butter until the mushrooms are softened, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Stir flour, remaining salt, and bay leaf into the ham mixture; cook and stir until flour begins to bind butter into a paste, about 2 minutes. Stream milk into the skillet while stirring. Melt Parmesan cheese into the milk mixture; add basil and continue cooking and stirring until the milk thickens into a sauce, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Remove skillet from heat and immediately stir spinach into the sauce; add to drained pasta and stir to coat the pasta.

Cook's Notes:

You can use 2 teaspoons fresh chopped basil in place of the dried, if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

608 calories; protein 27.8g; carbohydrates 57g; fat 30.9g; cholesterol 84.1mg; sodium 1351.6mg. Full Nutrition
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