What’s for dinner: Creamy Pasta with Ham and Broccoli

Click on image to go to the recipe on the Everyday Food (source) website.

Every once in a while, my faculties tell me: “This is a really bad idea.” This recipe is one of those times.

Oh, sure, it’s not Rumple Minze-shots-worth of bad, but still — it calls for deli ham. In pasta. With cream cheese.

Cost of ingredients: $7.50.

Substitutions: None.

As easy as they said? Yes.

How’d THAT go over? The whole time I was making this, I kept thinking: Is this some sort of prank? Deli ham? Cream cheese? Egg noodles? This is one tiny step away from cutting up hot dogs and stirring it into a box of macaroni and cheese — only at least then, they wouldn’t have made you turn on an oven and roast vegetables. This has more fat than a 3-pound pork loin glazed in brown sugar, offers the least amount of protein of any meat dish in the week’s worth of “Grocery Bag” recipes it came from, and the highest amount of carbohydrates — even more than Cuban sandwiches. Creatively and nutritionally, this is bankrupt. Martha, you need to smack down an editor or two for letting this recommended recipe hit print under your brand.

Would I make it again? This version? Never again. For about the same price, I could have bought prosciutto and Parmesan, both of which have bolder flavor, which would mean I could make do with less. You should do that, too.

WHAT SAM WORE: 05-10-10

The shirt: Cotton polo by J. Lindeberg, from Last Chance.
The pants: “Hipster” cut (oh how I hate that word) boot-cut khakis from Gap.
The shoes: Leather open-heeled slip-ons by Bacco Bucci, from Last Chance.

One response to “What’s for dinner: Creamy Pasta with Ham and Broccoli

  1. Love your blog! The Martha Stewart recipe looks yummy, but your swap sounds way better. Now I’m hungry. Time to go home and eat.

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