Bowtie Pasta with Green Beans and Ham


My son has been out late all week preparing with his theater group, so I have been trying to cut back on the amount of food I cook. He will be off to college in a couple of years, so I will soon be struggling to cook for only two. I still cook for four since his sister left, but leftovers are good. With both kids gone, I will really need to scale back. Anyway, this recipe can be easily doubled if necessary. This comes together really quick and pairs nicely with a salad.

Bowtie Pasta with Green Beans and Ham


  • 8 ounces bowtie pasta
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into one inch slices
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces thick cut ham, diced into quarter inch cubes
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice from half a lemon


  1. Cook pasta per directions.
  2. Reserve 1 cup pasta water.
  3. Boil green beans in salted water for 7 minutes.
  4. Immediate place in ice water to stop cooking
  5. Drain and dry.
  6. Melt butter in skillet.
  7. Cook ham until starting to brown.
  8. Heat garlic until fragrant.
  9. Add lemon juice and green beans.
  10. Cook until heated again.
  11. Place pasta in a large bowl.
  12. Add dollops of ricotta cheese to pasta.
  13. Add green beans and ham to bowl.
  14. Top with parmesan cheese.
  15. Toss to combine adding some pasta water if too dry.
  16. Drizzle with olive oil.
  17. Top with fresh ground pepper and sea salt.

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