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Down to the last morsel

Posted in Food, and Food & Entertaining

Pasta with ham and peasJust Every time I have opened the fridge in the last couple of days, I have been reminded of my inability to buy a holiday ham big enough to feed the expected amount of guests rather than a hungry infantry battalion. As there are so many ham sandwiches this household can muster, and because I am loathed to throw away even a tiny morsel of food, I had to come up with suitable and edible alternatives.

It finally dawned on me that pasta is always an excellent repository where most ingredients can go to die, and pasta with ham and peas is often a go to for many Italian households.  So I got to work.

If, after all the indulgences of the last few days, you can’t think of eating anything with cream (although, don’t forget, Italian pastas are not swimming in sauce but just lightly coated), you can create your version with a tomato based sauce.

Other good alternatives for ham leftovers are: Quiche Lorraine (here is a great and authentic recipe from Stefan’s Gourmet Blog,  Frittata with ham, cheese and a vegetable of your choice or, if you are feeling ambitious, even crepes with ham and fontina.

RECIPE – Serves 4

2 T butter and 2 T Olive oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 3/4 C Peas (frozen are fine)

a little bit less than 1/2 C of cream

2 ham slices, cubed

just under a pound of pasta of your choice

2/3 C Parmesan cheese, grated

Salt

  1. Heat the butter and oil in a pan on medium heat. Add chopped onion and let cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, and lightly brown, approx. 15 mins.
  2. Add the peas and cook for a few minutes (if using fresh peas, add them to the onions after 5 minutes and cook together for 15/20 mins until the peas are soft but not mushy). Stir in the cream and diced ham.
  3. Cook the pasta in plenty of salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain.
  4. Toss the pasta with the sauce and add the Parmesan.

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8 Comments

  1. Very welcome! And I am looking for suggestions on how to repain the inside of my difficult house – just putting it out there

    January 5, 2013
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  2. I will have to try out your recipe sometime! Thanks for sharing.

    January 4, 2013
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  3. Haven’t made such a pasta dish in ages. Thanks for reminding me and thanks for the link!

    January 4, 2013
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    • I have to admit it I hadn’t made it in years too and I was surprised how tasty it was

      January 5, 2013
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      • Just made this, post to follow. I noticed you didn’t mention when to add the ham.

        January 13, 2013
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        • Oops, didn’t notice. Will fix it now. I am sure you figured out you add the ham at the end

          January 15, 2013
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