Garden Rotini with Lemon
1 375 gram box of 3 vegetable Rotini
1 cup of frozen summer sweet peas
2 Tbsp margarine or butter
1 small onion finely diced
1/3 cup finely chopped mushroom
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 ½ cups 1% skim milk (2% or whole milk is also fine)
1 156 gram size can of Flakes of Ham drained and chopped – alternatively, if you have some left over ham that works even better
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Pinch of celery salt
Pinch of pepper
Parsley (fresh or dehydrated)
Cook pasta as per directions on box (about 8 minutes)
Add peas during the last several minutes
Drain and set aside
In the same pot, melt margarine over med heat and cook onion and mushroom until tender.
Add flour and then carefully whisk in milk. Sauce will begin to thicken immediately. Add ham and continue cooking until sauce bubbles slightly.
Stir in lemon juice and celery salt.
Pour pasta back into the sauce and blend to coat. Top with pepper and parsley. Salt to taste
Serve hot as a side dish to your main meal OR is also a tasty cold pasta salad at lunch.
Keeps well for 2 days if covered and refrigerated.
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