Even if you’re new to cooking you can tackle this ham and pea pasta with confidence, as a sauce like this requires little more than warming through to come together. The cream adds a touch of luxury to this supper for one.
Each serving provides 1140 kcal, 38g protein, 86g carbohydrates (of which 7g sugars), 69g fat (of which 42g saturates), 11g fibre and 1.5g salt.
- 100g/3½oz dried pasta shapes
- 100g/3½oz frozen peas
- knob of butter or splash of olive oil
- 1–2 spring onions, white and green parts separated and finely sliced
- 100ml/3½fl oz double cream
- 25g/1oz Parmesan, finely grated, plus extra to serve
- 1 thick-cut slice of ham, diced
- ½ lemon, zest and juice
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Tip in the pasta and cook for 9–11 minutes until done to your liking, adding the frozen peas for the final minute.
Meanwhile, heat a knob of butter or splash of oil in a frying pan, add the spring onion whites and fry for a minute until just softening. Turn off the heat and set aside until the pasta is cooked.
Drain the pasta and peas, reserving a ladleful of the cooking water, and tip into the frying pan. Add the cream, Parmesan and ham with 3 tablespoons of the pasta water. Stir over a low–medium heat until the cream starts to bubble, then turn the heat down and stir briefly until the sauce is clinging to the pasta. (If you overcook it and it starts looking dry, add a little more of the pasta water.)
Stir in the lemon zest and spring onion greens, then season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan.