Monday, June 11, 2007

Pasta with Peas and Ham

A very simple and easy dish to make when the pasta crave hits and you don't want to spend much time around the stove on a hot spring day!
I made it with spaghetti but I believe it would be even better with a shorter type of pasta, such as penne or farfalle; the sauce was more on the liquid side and it was hard to get the peas together with the long pasta strands. A shorter pasta and maybe even a spoon would help a lot!
However it was really taste and yummy, I made half recipe and there were no leftovers around!

Creamy Fettuccine with Peas and Ham
(Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine, June 2003)

1 package fresh fettuccine (9 ounces)
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves minced garlic
1 cup frozen green peas
2/3 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded Parmesan cheese
Black pepper to taste
1 cup (4 ounces) ham, cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips

Cook pasta, drain. Meanwhile melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add peas, half-and-half, cheese, and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently (do not boil). Stir in pasta and ham.
Serves 4


kenju said...

Tasty AND quick! I'm copying this now!

Agdah said...

It's nice to meet another fan of Cooking Light recipes. Thank you for visiting my blog. Glad you enjoyed it.

Akemi said...

Adoro maracarrão de todos os jeitos e este aqui é perfeito para aqueles dias que a gente não quer muito trabalho e quer uma comidinha gostosa!

Cláudia said...

Adorei sua receita, vou fazer porque é fácil e gostosa. E a medida 9 ounces? que conta que eu faço?
bjs :-D

Ana said...

Kenju, it is easy and good!

Agdah, nice to meet you too! I am a HUGE fan of Cooking Light Magazine!!

Akemi, esse eh otimo mesmo p/ quando queremos algo rapido e gostoso! Eh facil e bem saboroso viu! Se vc der uma fritadinha no presunto junto com a cebola (eu fiz assim!) o molho fica ainda mais saboroso!

Claudia, eu creio que seria um pacote de 500 gramas de macarrao! Vou me informar direitinho e ai te passo as medidas! hehe!


Valentina said...

Ana, I have been having so much fresh peas at the moment as it is at its best.

Valentina said...

Ana, simple supper is valentina

Elvira said...

Adoro esse pratinho de pasta tão fresco e primavéril! :-)

Cris said...

It looks yummy Ana!

Ana said...

Valentina, fresh peas are delicious, we have them around here too! By the way, what's with the new name??? :o)

Elvira, fresco mesmo!

Cris, it is yummy, the husband really enjoyed this one!


Anonymous said...

This reminds me of one my favorite comfort, I-don't-want-to-cook meals: "rice and peas and ham." That's what my mom called it, and it was an absolute literal description of the dish. You just make up some white rice, add in some peas and diced ham, maybe add a little butter and season with salt, and you've got a meal! I rarely make it any more, since I cook with more fresh and healthier stuff now, but it's great to turn to when you're sick and just want something fast and easy that's not too terrible for you.

By the way, I'm in NC too! (Carrboro, work at UNC)

Ana said...

Hi Zoe!
Thanks for the nice comment! We are quite close here at NC, I am in Cary (went to NCSU!!! Hehehehe!!)
I really do know how some foods just remind us from home and can comfort us when we are sick or a little down. Being so far away from my family, some food really brings back memories and warms my heart!