This delicious ham and pea pasta recipe is a fabulous choice for a quick dinner. It is a great way to use leftover ham for a delicious creamy pasta dinner.
This ham, pea, and pasta dinner is awesome to make with either leftover ham or diced ham It's creamy, hearty, and will be loved by all.
❤️ Why you'll love this recipe
- The creamy sauce is absolutely perfect paired with the combo of ham, peas, and pasta, ham.
- Using leftover ham is a great way to make a great meal with leftovers.
- Make this easy pasta recipe anytime and the whole family will love it.
- A great way to use leftover ham.
- Farfalle pasta or any small tube pasta works well
- Diced ham or leftover ham works well.
- Peas, frozen or drained canned peas. I prefer frozen peas as there is no sodium added.
- Heavy cream adds the perfect amount of creaminess.
- Mozzarell and smoked gouda cheese and the perfect blend of creaminess and smoky flavor.
- Onion and garlic add another level of flavor.
- Parmesan cheese adds more flavor.
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- cast iron pan: Use either a cast iron pan or skillet.
- pasta pot: Make a lot of pasta then you will love this pot.
This is an overview of the recipe. The full instructions are below in the recipe card.
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Set aside. In a a large skillet over medium heat, saute shallots and garlic in 1 Tablespoon of butter for about 1 minute. This softens the shallots and releases the flavors into the pan. Then, add in the garlic and seasonings to release the flavors together.
- Whisk in the heavy cream, simmer to blend flavors.
- Blend in all the cheese, whisk until all the cheese is melted.
- Stir in peas,
- Then ham.
- Stir in the cooked pasta. Simmer and stir for a minute or two to warm through. Top with Parmesan cheese and black pepper and serve.
Expert Tip: Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water to add into the cream sauce if needed. The pasta water will thin out a thick sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure. Proscuitto or bacon can also be used for this recipe.
Sure, half and half or whipped cream can be used.
Feel free to use any small tube pasta such as penne, rigatoni, elbow, or cavatappi.
- Use any shape pasta your family enjoys. I prefer small shapes like farfalle (bow-ties), shells, and elbow macaroni. Gluten-free pasta can be used
- We use shallots but you can also use onions, red onions, or ½ teaspoon onion powder. Don't have any onion or powder, leave it out.
- Mozzarella is delish and is ooey-gooey and a staple for this recipe. For me, no substitute. In a pinch, for the alternate cheese, you can experiment. Gruyere or Gouda cheese are tasty substitutes.
- Italian seasoning is my go-to seasoning as it packs a few herbs. Dried oregano or basil also works well.
A simple salad such as an arugula salad would be wonderful on the side.
Cucumber tomato salad is a simple side salad that would be awesome with this pasta dinner.
Another easy pasta recipe to try is our linguine with white clam sauce, delish.
For a vegetarian option try my Mediterranean eggplant sauce over pasta.
Pasta casserole are also amazing, our Cajun Mac and Cheese is delicious and always a hit.
Using leftover ham
Whether you enjoying a spiral ham or country ham, the end results are always delicious. Repurposing the leftovers is so much fun as the flavor blends are endless.
Plus, you can always buy either ham steaks or diced ham to make this creamy pasta recipe any time.
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This recipe was originally published on April 10, 2020, updated March 18, 2022 for user experience.
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Creamy Ham, Peas, and Pasta
- 8 ounces uncooked farfalle pasta or your favorite small pasta
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, divided into 1 and 3 Tablespoons Note 1
- 1 shallot, peeled and diced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning Note 2
- ½ teaspoon salt Note 3
- ½ teaspoon black pepper Note 2
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 cups heavy cream Note 4
- 1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup Gouda cheese, shredded
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 cup diced ham Note 4
- pasta water Note
- fresh parsley, optional garnish
- Prepare the farfalle according to package directions, set aside
- While pasta cooks, in a saute pan, over medium heat add 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter (Note 1), let melt. Add in diced shallots, saute about 2 minutes to soften shallots.
- Add in minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper. Continue to saute another few seconds to blend flavors. (Note 6)
- Stir in the remaining butter (Note 1), let melt. Whisk in the flour, continue to whisk about 1 minute to blend flavors.
- Whisk in heavy cream to blend. Cook and stir occasionally, about 5 minutes to thicken sauce.
- Mix in the shredded cheese combo. Whisk to melt cheese, about 1 minute.
- Gently stir in the peas, ham, and cooked farfalle. Simmer another minute to blend flavors and warm pasta, stirring occasionally.
- Taste sauce for seasoning, adjust any, if needed.
- Serve with chopped fresh parsley, optional.
The creamy sauce is absolutely perfect paired with the combo of ham, peas, and pasta, ham. Using leftover ham is a great way to make a great meal with leftovers. What is great though, you can make this recipe anytime, just use diced ham or dice up a ham steak.