This simple, economical bowtie pasta recipe is easily varied: you can use smoked chicken or turkey or a combination of spicy cooked sausage, salami and ham. Butter Beans are the blonde coloured string beans.
300 g farfalle (bowtie) pasta
400 g fresh butter beans, trimmed
6 sprigs thyme
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
250 g ham, in one piece
2 shallots, finely diced
4 large red radishes, cut into quarters, for garnish
PAPRIKA SOUR CREAM DRESSING
200 g light sour cream
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons herb vinegar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon ground sweet paprika
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Directions Preparation:20min › Cook:10min › Extra time:20min › Ready in:50min
Cook pasta in plenty of lightly salted boiling water until al dente, following packet instructions. Drain, rinse under cold running water and leave to cool.
Place beans, 3 sprigs thyme and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt in a saucepan and cover with water. Cook, covered, until crisp-tender, 5-10 minutes. Drain, reserving cooking water. Briefly immerse in iced water and drain again.
Trim ham of excess fat and cut into narrow strips. Combine pasta, beans, shallots and ham in a large bowl. Finely chop leaves from remaining 3 sprigs thyme.
To make the dressing, mix sour cream, 2 tablespoons cooking water, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, sweet paprika and chopped thyme in a bowl until creamy.
Stir dressing into salad. Divide salad among serving bowls and garnish with radishes.