Since readers of my blog liked very much recipe for One Pot Spaghetti that I posted last year, I thought you would also like this Pasta with Peas, Ham and Red Bell Peppers. It is almost as simple as the spaghetti, even though you cook the pasta separately, so it’s not technically one pot meal. I’ve been making it for years and it is always the equally good light comfort food.
Fresh or frozen green spring peas, sweet red bell pepper and ham in creamy sauce are combined with boiled pasta like fettuccine, linguine or spaghetti. Italians call this type of preparation “alla Romana”. It may seem strange that you use milk instead of cream in this recipe, but it really works well.
Try this simple spring / summer dish any day of the week.
- 3/4 lb pasta (fettuccine linguine or spaghetti) - > cook according to directions
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 lb (115 g) ham cubed or cut into strips
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 small red bell pepper cut into thin strips
- 1/2 cup frozen green peas
- 4 tsp all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup low-fat evaporated milk
- grated Parmesan cheese
Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add ham, garlic, red bell pepper and peas. Cook until pepper is soft, about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle with flour and stir in evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 3-5 minutes or until thickened and flour is cooked.
Toss cooked pasta with sauce and grated Parmesan cheese.
This recipe was first published on: June 13, 2015