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al dente pasta with ham and peas

1 bag Al Dente® Pasta

2 tbsp. butter

1 small onion, chopped

2-3 cups diced ham

1 cup heavy cream or half and half

16 oz. bag of frozen peas

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

toasted almonds or pinenuts for garnish.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. In a skillet, melt butter over low heat. Saute onion, stirring until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the ham and cream. In the meantime, add pasta and peas to boiling, salted water. Test pasta after 3 minutes. When “tender, but firm”, drain and toss pasta and peas with cream mixture and Parmesan Cheese. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with toasted nuts, if desired.

serves 6

2 Comments leave one →
  1. thalia avila permalink
    February 16, 2009 4:23 pm

    My grandaugher is a finicky eater. She is 3 years old and will only eat noodles. Well, after cooking many meals that she rejected I decided that noodles it is and I bought lots of Al Dente pasta at the supermaket near their house (Byerlys). We tried all the Al Dente recipes. This one with ham and peas was her favorite. I used Niman Ranch Ham Steak and cut it into cubes. Otherwise i kept it the same and both she and her brother couldn’t get enough.
    thank you Al Dente for keeping us all happy that week.

    • Monique permalink*
      February 16, 2009 4:48 pm

      Kids are some of Al Dente’s most devoted fans and hopefully will keep us in business for another 29 years. Here’s to the next generation of pasta eaters!

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