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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer pasta

 Penne with Ham and Peas

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups peas (thawed)
2 cloves minced garlic
2/3 cup dry white wine or chicken stock
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
3/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces sliced ham
3 cups penne pasta
salt and ground black pepper
freshly grated parmesan

1. Boil the penne pasta until al dente. Drain. You can cook the pasta while you are making the sauce.

2. Melt half the butter with teh olive oil in a medium saucepan until foaming. Add the thawed peas and the minced garlic to the pan. followed by the wine or stock.
3. Add 2 tablespoons of the chopped parsley. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Cooke over medium heat, stirring frequently until most of the liquid has been reduced.

4. Add the heavy cream and turn up the heat. Allow the cream to boil, thickening and coating the peas. Remove from heat, adding the ham. Check your seasonings at this point.

5. Add remaining tablespoon of butter to the drained pasta in the pasta pot. Coat the pasta with the melted butter. Add the sauce and stir to coat well.

6. Serve garnished with freshly grated parmesan and chopped parsley.

A side salad, a slice of garlic bread and your meal is complete.. 
Buon appetito!

Handmade bowls in soft colors are perfect for serving such simple fare.

I'll be joining Designs by Gollum's Foodie Friday - drop in for some deliciousness!


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like a great meal Marlis, I'll bet any leftovers would be pretty tasty too:@)

Martha said...

Looks really good -- pasta is a favorite summertime food of ours!

Dianne said...

Looks yummy, but the dietitian in me says, to try it with some lower fat modifications, but I know it won't be as good as yours. Dianne

Designs on 47th Street said...

Nothing better than a tried and true recipe. This one looks perfect for a light summer meal. Thanks! Oh, of course I had to scroll down to see if there was a tablescape and you didn't disappoint! Lovely as always. I truly love yellow and blue together.

Karena said...

Marlis, looks so good! I love to add peas to any kind of pasta, it is fun to use farfale!

Art by Karena

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

That sounds yummy! I just made some pasta salad with garlic chicken stuffed tortilini, chopped tomatoes, broccoli, pesto, black olives, and fresh lemon juice...yum!

Emily said...

Marlis, I love to prepare pasta meals that are light and easy for the hot days of summer. This recipe looks delicious and sure fits the bill. Thanks for sharing

The French Hutch

The Tablescaper said...

Sounds like the perfect summer meal.

- The Tablescaper

Rettabug said...

YUM!! I am soooo going to try making this...Thanks! Now I'm hungry for it & its only 11 am.



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