Straw and Hay

Straw and Hay

Straw and Hay

Delighting in word pictures, the Italians call a combination of green and white noodles "straw and hay." They coat the noodles with a delicate sauce such as this combination of cheese and peas.


Makes 4 servings


1 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 ounces uncooked plain fettuccine
4 ounces uncooked spinach fettuccine
Nonstick cooking spray
4 ounces reduced-fat deli-style ham, diagonally sliced
2 tablespoons snipped chives
1 cup frozen peas, thawed and drained
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 teaspoon paprika


  1. Combine milk, cottage cheese, cornstarch, mace and pepper in blender or food processor; process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain; set aside. Meanwhile, spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Add ham and chives; cook and stir until ham is lightly browned. Add milk mixture and peas; cook and stir until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat. Add pasta and Parmesan cheese; toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle with paprika; serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories 348
Calories from Fat 11 %
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 9 mg
Carbohydrate 52 g
Fiber 3 g
Protein 25 g
Sodium 592 mg

Dietary Exchange

Starch 3
Meat 2
Fat 1/2

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