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Pasta with Creamy Alfredo Sauce

Yield 4 side-dish or 2 main-dish servings
Commercial Alfredo sauce is the secret to getting this creamy pasta dish on the table quickly. And if it's just the two of you, consider serving it with a salad and bread for a fast one-dish meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (10-ounce) container fresh Alfredo sauce (we tested with Contadina)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups bow-tie pasta, uncooked
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ham, red pepper, and garlic; cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in Alfredo sauce, sage, and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated.

  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Add pasta to skillet; toss well. Sprinkle with cheese.

Christmas with Southern Living 1999