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Pasta With Ham, Peas and Cream

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Introduction

When my children were younger, this was always one of their favourite teas and is now one of their favourite suppers. It serves 2 or 3 children - double quantities for teenagers and above.

When my children were younger, this was always one of their favourite teas and is now one of their favourite suppers. It serves 2 or 3 children - double quantities for teenagers and above.

Pasta With Ham, Peas and Cream
Photo by James Merrell

Ingredients

Serves: 2-3 children

Metric Cups
  • 200 grams farfalle pasta (or other short pasta)
  • 100 grams frozen petits pois
  • 150 millilitres double cream
  • 150 grams diced ham
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 7 ounces farfalle pasta (or other short pasta)
  • ⅔ cup frozen petits pois
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 1¼ cups diced ham
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Method

  1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions in plenty of salted boiling water, and then after 5 minutes add the peas to the pasta water.
  2. When the pasta is cooked, drain with the peas.
  3. Put the dry pan back on the heat with the cream, ham and Parmesan and warm it through.
  4. Add the pasta and peas back to the pan, tossing everything together well.
  1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions in plenty of salted boiling water, and then after 5 minutes add the peas to the pasta water.
  2. When the pasta is cooked, drain with the peas.
  3. Put the dry pan back on the heat with the cream, ham and Parmesan and warm it through.
  4. Add the pasta and peas back to the pan, tossing everything together well.

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What 16 Others have said

  • Simply delicious! Everybody loved the meal, even my youngest, who is a bit fussy with food. Thank you for a wonderfully quick and easy recipe.

    Posted by wannabechef2016 on 8th November 2016
  • I made this last night for dinner and it was simply delicious. The perfect end to a cold and damp Autumn day. The creamy sauce with the salty ham and sweet snap of the peas was a perfect melody.

    Posted by KitchenComposure on 27th October 2016
  • Really yummy!

    Posted by JenNC on 1st January 2016
  • Loving the recipes Nigella! Have printed off several, & will let you know how I go.. am not the world's most fantastic cook, but I give it a go, & I enjoy trying. :)

    Posted by little juno on 24th January 2015
  • Try adding 50 grams of smoked bacon, thinly chopped and finely chopped chilli! YUMMM!!! Worked wonders on my friends! <3 V.

    Posted by viriniki on 25th July 2014
  • I substituted the ham with poached haddock and it was amazing! Try it some time! The smokiness with the peas, just delish!

    Posted by MegHoughton on 23rd June 2014
  • made this for dinner tonight. doubled so my 19 yr old would have extras. WONDERFUL! quick for the after work dinner. great for the eating machine :-)

    Posted by Pythagorion on 21st June 2014
  • Yummy!!!

    Posted by Arthur in the Garden! on 20th May 2014
  • This is my 3 yr old's favourite pasta dinner :)

    Posted by junefoo on 21st May 2014
  • This is a nice meal when you're short on time. A nice comfort food.

    Posted by mat713 on 6th April 2014
  • Double the amount of peas. Add chopped red pepper at the last minute.

    Posted by Anne Black, Hong Kong on 25th February 2014
  • Ksbrooks. Alfredos used to be a very famous restaurant in Rome. Its most famous recipe was Fettucine Alfredo which was fettucine with a butter sauce (al burro) and parmesan but I think it used to offer a range of dishes all incorporating home made fettucine The waiter would mix and serve the fettucine at the table with a gold plated spoon and fork which would then be handed to the senior female to eat with. Maybe Alfredos also served the fettucine with ham and peas thus the name. Its the best I can come up with and think it has a grain of reliability.

    Posted by Bignige38 on 4th January 2014
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