Pasta Dishes/ Vegetable Sides

Pasta with Smoked Ham and Baby Peas


Here is an easy way to make pasta with smoked ham and baby peas in a light cream sauce.  The baby peas give this dish a delicate flavor while the Black Forest Ham gives it a nice smoky flavor to the pasta.

I like to use farfalle pasta because they’re shaped into cute little bow ties, and they’re kid friendly.  Its a great way to get kids to get some vegetables.

Mom always makes this dish with Italian prosciutto di Parma. But I decided to try this recipe using a different cured meat.  The Black Forest ham is a moist ham that is cured and smoked over pine which gives its intense flavor.  It’s a tasty combination to add with a light cream sauce.

A great dish for dinner, serve as a side dish or as the main course with a mixed green salad and dinner is ready!  Enjoy!

 Pasta with Smoked Ham and Baby Peas

  • 1/2 pound Farfalle Pasta, bow tie shaped pasta
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. butter – divided
  • 1 small onion – chopped
  • 10 ounce box Frozen Baby Peas
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 slices of Black Forest Ham – (Applegate or Boars Head is fine)
  • 1/3 cup Half and Half
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a large non stick skillet. 
Heat olive oil with 1 Tbsp. of butter (reserve the other tablespoon for later).
Add the onion and sauté’ for a few minutes, until onion is golden brown.  Add cayenne pepper, frozen peas and water.

Cover with a lid.  Simmer of low-medium heat for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally until the peas are soft and tender.  Season with salt and pepper.  Lower the heat.

Roll the slices of Black Forest Ham together and chop into small pieces. Toss the Ham into the skillet. Turn off the heat.

In a large pot of boiling water. Add some salt. Add the Farfalle Pasta ( bow-ties pasta) into the boiling water. Follow the directions to cook the pasta.  About 7 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente.

With a medium size strainer, take out the pasta and carefully add the pasta to the skillet with peas and ham.  Turn the heat back on low, add in 1 tablespoon of butter and Half and Half.  Simmer for 2 minutes. The sauce should be smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Serves 4

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  • Reply
    Sue D.
    April 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I made this dish last night and it was delicious! It was very easy to make and will definitely make it again!

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    April 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks Su ! I am so glad you love our recipes !

    If you have any questions about anything let us know !!

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    denise and jack
    May 3, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Wonderful, wonderful even with gluten free pasta.

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    February 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Thanks Denise and Jack!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    February 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    My girls will love this – actually so will I!
    Mary x

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    Barbara Bakes
    February 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Looks easy and delicious!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    February 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    it looks wonderful and so easy and flavorful

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