Farfalle salad with beans and ham

    50 minutes

    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.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 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
    • 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

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Stir dressing into salad. Divide salad among serving bowls and garnish with radishes.

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