Mama of THREE, Grazia from Portland, Oregon, and founder of the food app Cook with Grazia, that has 80+ recipes with step-by-step beautiful photos and description, has taken on the Breezy Mama challenge to cook something both parents AND kids will love! Get her recipe for Pasta with Peas and Ham!
Pasta with Peas and Ham
Total time: 15 minutes
– 1 lb. ~ regular dry pasta ~ short (I like farfalle or penne), or 12 oz. of egg tagliatelle (even more special if pasta e fieno, or “straw and hay,” spinach and egg pasta)
– 2 Tbsp. ~ butter ~ unsalted
– 2 Tbsp. ~ extra-virgin olive oil
– 8 oz. ~ peas ~ frozen, about 2 cups
– 6 oz. ~ ham ~ approximately 6-8 slices, cut in ¼-inch cubes (or prosciutto cotto: please buy the most natural kind, no honey, rosemary or other herbs, or smoke flavors added)
– 1 cup ~ heavy cream
– Black pepper ~ freshly ground, if desired
– 8 Tbsp. ~ Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese ~ finely grated
1 large pot for cooking the pasta
1 large, non-stick skillet, wide and deep enough to contain the pasta with the sauce at the end
1 wooden spoon
Cook the pasta in a large pot of lightly salted water until it is al dente, or firm to the bite.
In the meantime, prep all your ingredients.
Melt the butter into the olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the peas and cook for about 6-8 minutes, until the peas are almost done.
Add the cubed ham or prosciutto cotto and cook for another 3 minutes to blend the flavors.
Add the cup of cream, and let simmer for another couple of minutes, and turn off the heat.
Drain the pasta, reserving half a cup of the water, and toss the pasta into the skillet on a low heat. Stir to combine well, adding some of the reserved pasta water if it seems too dry. Turn off the heat, add 4 tablespoons of Parmigiano-Reggiano to the pan and mix again. Serve still hot. At the table, pass the remaining Parmigiano to sprinkle on individual servings. Add a touch of freshly ground black pepper if desired.
Be sure to check out her app, Cook with Grazia where every recipe includes cultural background introduction, tips, tricks, variations or substitutions, menu and wine suggestions. Recipes can be sorted with a fun-to-use “finder wheel” by categories such as gluten-free, vegetarian, potluck and buffet, romantic dinner, kids, or dish type — main, sides, salads, etc. For more information, visit: Cook with Grazia!