June 7, 2012
Springtime Indulgence: Pasta with Ham and Pea Cream Sauce
This recipe has been teasing us for a while now - it sounds just so indulgent, made up of a base of ham, cream, and butter, that it's probably not the kind of thing you can eat every day. But, it also comes together extremely quickly and easily, and the result is a silky smooth, luxurious, slightly sweet, salty, savory dish that will be gobbled up quickly.
This pasta with ham and peas in a cream sauce is a perfect example of simple Italian cooking that's perfect for the spring. If you can get fresh peas, this will taste even better. We didn't have them on hand and the frozen worked just find, augmenting the saltiness of the ham beautifully and giving a bit of a nutritional boost to the overall dish.
Give this one a try next time you're in the mood for something a little creamy - you'll be glad you did!
Making the Dish
4 oz ham, diced into cubes,
3 tbsp butter
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup peas
1/2 lb pasta
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Get started by cooking up the pasta in boiling water. This sauce should come together in less time than the pasta takes (assuming you chop up everything beforehand.
Serve and enjoy!
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