I’m not exactly sure when I actually started to make this, but I am completely sure that my family devours it!
While it’s not exactly low-calorie, you can serve up a smaller portion on a bed of baby spinach or arugula.
Girl math= adding greens to pasta cancels out the cream and carbs 😁
You can also have this on the table in less than 1/2 hour 😎
I know with just about every recipe I’m all like” dudes and dudettes! You must make this!”
So why should this post be any different?
Truth be told, I used this recipe as a template to make my
*** note to self… This must be made this week
I give you
bow-tie pasta with ham, peas and cream
1 pound bow tie pasta, cooked al dente, drained ( never rinsed reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid for sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1tablespoon olive oil
1/2 in thick cut of ham ( ask at the deli.. They will happily cut it for you )
1 shallot, chopped finely
1 pound frozen peas
1/2 pound snow peas ( optional… Sometimes they are too pricey.. But I happened to find them on sale this week
*** optional… 1/2 cup vodka***
1 cup chicken stock (boxed is fine if you don’t have any in your freezer.. Just use low sodium)
1 Half pint heavy cream
Pinch of nutmeg
Sea salt and pepper
Add butter and olive oil to Dutch oven and turn heat to medium. Chop the ham into small cubes and sauté. After 4 minutes, add the chopped shallot and stir.
***. This is where the optional vodka comes in. Vodka takes whatever flavor it’s mixed with and intensifies it so if you use it in this recipe, it adds another layer of flavor, but I promise you it’s still really good without it*
Using either vodka or chicken stock, deglaze the pan by adding directly to ham/ shallot mixture and scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen bits ( aka.. Flavor)
If using vodka, reduce by half. Then add remainder of chicken stock.
Add pasta and let simmer for 5 minutes.
Add peas and cream and grated nutmeg and pepper
Add reserved cooking liquid a little a a time to get the consistency you are looking for
Taste for seasoning before adding salt… Some hams are saltier than others
I had some pea tendrils from my garden, so I used them as garnish.. You could also use parsley, or just grab a big spoon and dive right in! Who would I be to judge? I’ve certainly done that before 😁😁😁
Remember This picture from mothers’day? Well, unfortunately ( or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) we had a few trees that didn’t weather the storm all that well….. So we’ve spent the last few weekends cleaning up and re arranging plants ( some from out very own yard = FREE!)
Here’s the same view this afternoon
It’s so much more open! I’m loving it!
I’ve planted zucchini an cukes and tomatoes in all of that cleared space on the left
I’ve always wanted an English Cottage garden. By opening up the area, I was able to start one!
Of course, it doesn’t look like much yet, but I resisted the urge to plant too close in favor of doing it properly 🙂
Bonus? With the tree cleared on the left I can see the garden from my dining room window!
I made some new pillows for my bench
Transplanted my plants that I started from seed indoors 2 months ago ( my arugula and peas LOVED the snowstorm! )
Utilized a hanging basket for my herbs
Planted a couple of urns
The four- legged princess approves 😎🐾🐾🐾
Are you planting anything fun this year? Tell me about it!