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Ham and pesto pasta

Serves 6

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Ingredients

1 packet (500g) pasta

2 tbsp olive oil

200 g ham pieces (from shoulder ham or similar)

110 g bag of slivered almonds and pine nuts

Pesto

Parmesan cheese

Sprig of fresh basil

Method

Put hot water in a large pot, add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil

Add pasta to pot and cook for time stated on packet

Add olive oil to a medium non-stick pan, coat surface, heat pan to low heat

Add ham pieces to pan, cook gently

Add olive oil to a small non-stick pan, coat surface, heat pan to low heat

Add slivered almonds and pine nuts to pan, cook gently

Drain pasta in a colander

Put 2 tbsp pesto is a large bowl, swirl to spread

Add 1/2 the drained pasta to bowl, stir to mix with pesto

Add the rest of the drained pasta to bowl, put 1-2 tbsp pesto on top, stir to mix

Add ham and slivered almonds and pine nuts, stir gently to mix

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, add a sprig of fresh basil

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Chicken and pineapple salad

Serves 3

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Ingredients

1 iceberg, butter or coral lettuce or one bag washed lettuce leaves

1 large carrot

300 g cooked chicken breast (2)

1/4 fresh pineapple, cut into 1.5 cm cubes

3 celery stalks

Mayonnaise

1/4 cup crumbled walnuts

 

Method

Put walnuts in oven to toast

Wash lettuce leaves, dry and put on plates

Peel carrot, make strips and scatter over leaves

Dice chicken and put in bowl

Peel and dice pineapple and put in bowl

Slice celery and put in bowl

Add mayonnaise and stir to coat

Put chicken, pineapple and celery mixture on top of lettuce and carrots

Sprinkle toasted walnuts on top