Fast creamy pea and ham pasta recipe

Summer is here and the days are definitely longer. Enjoy the outdoors a little longer in the evening, knowing you can whip this toddler-pleasing pasta dinner up in just 20 minutes.

Sealed with a toddler tick of approval, this pasta dish makes for a perfect quick and light dinner. Build it up with diced pumpkin and garlic or leave as is, it lends itself well to tasty experimentation.

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Ingredients

500g bowtie pasta
200g thick cut shredded ham
1 cup of frozen baby peas
2 large shallots, finely sliced
1 cup thickened cream
the zest of one large lemon
2 tbs finely chopped parsley (extra to garnish)
grated fresh Parmesan cheese
olive oil (for frying)
salt and pepper

Method

  • Boil your pasta al dente according to the packet. Reserve half a cup of the starchy water. Drain.

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  • Heat the oil in a medium sized fry pan. Add the shallots and half a teaspoon of salt. Cook, stirring for several minutes until soft – don’t let them brown!

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  • Add the ham, peas and cream to the pan. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for a few minutes, stirring on occasion until slightly thickened.

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  • Turn the heat down and stir in the lemon zest and parsley. Add a pinch of pepper and stir.

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  • Add the drained pasta to the pot and a splash of the reserved water from the pasta pot. Toss through the creamy sauce. Season again if you wish.

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Divide between plates and finish off with a sprinkling of extra parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Delicious – and all in 20 minutes!

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Make sure to browse our recipe archives for more great meal ideas and treats to try.

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