Bow Ties with Peas and Ham from the September 2003 issue of Everyday Food is an old favorite recipe of mine. It’s quick (20 minutes), it has a relatively short ingredient list, and it’s tasty. It also makes 6 servings, so it’s great for leftovers.
I started by cooking 1 pound of bow tie pasta according to package directions. While that cooked, I handled the rest of the recipe.
Prep work is minimal – I just diced an onion and sliced 1/2 pound of cooked ham into strips. I heated 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium heat and added the onion. I cooked that for 4 minutes before adding 2 cups of frozen peas and 1 cup of half-and-half. I seasoned that with salt and pepper and simmered it until thickened, about 6 minutes. Then I added the ham to the sauce and cooked everything until it was heated through, about 2 minutes. I tossed the sauce with the pasta, plated it, and sprinkled it with freshly grated Parmesan. Easy peasy!
TIPS: You don’t have to thaw the frozen peas before you use them in this recipe. Just throw ’em in.
This is another time when you would want to ask for an extra thick slice of ham at the deli for cubing. (See All-American Baked Potatoes.)
Recipe link: Bow Ties with Peas and Ham