Ham and Green Pea Pasta

Well, I’d had something more elaborate planned for the first meal in our new house.  But then I ran out of time to go to the store because I much preferred riding the horse and unpacking to the grocery store on football Sunday.  Cook with what was in the meager post-move fridge it was, and this is what resulted!  Last of the Thanksgiving ham, some leftover cream, some cheese…and here we are.  We were quite pleased with it!

hampasta

 

 

  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • Leftover cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup half and half or lite cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan or other cheese – I used a hard gouda
Boil pasta in salted water until al dente.  While boiling water/cooking pasta:
Heat butter over medium-low until bubbling.  Add onions and garlic and cook until transparent, about 5 minutes.  Add peas and water and cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes – do not let peas get mushy.  Add ham and stir to coat all, about 1 minute.  Add cream and bring to a boil, then simmer 5 minutes or so until thickened.  Stir in cheese until melted.
Drain pasta and add to a large bowl.  Add sauce and stir to coat.  Sprinkle with pepper to taste (ham will likely add enough salt). Server with a salad and crusty bread.

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