Instead of dealing with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, we came home with half a spiral-cut ham. (Yes, we did have turkey on Thanksgiving - but Ken and I ended up with the leftover ham instead.) As much as we like spiral-sliced ham, we got tired of eating it after a few meals and I had to find creative ways to use it. When I'm not feeling very creative and need recipe inspiration, I usually head to the Epicurious website, which is where I found the following recipe. I was immediately drawn to it because one of my favorite dishes at Tiramisu contains pasta, ham and peas. Although my pasta was pretty good, it didn't even compare to the Tiramisu dish . . . but that's okay. It wouldn't be such a treat to eat at Tiramisu if I could replicate their pasta at home!
Pasta with Peas and Ham
1 pound pasta3 tablespoons butter
1 shallot, diced
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced1/2 cup shelled peas (fresh or frozen)
2 tbsp. water
6 oz. cooked ham, cut into strips (chopped prosciutto would also work)3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, warm 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. When the butter starts to bubble, add shallot and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic during last minute of cooking.
3. Add the peas and water to the pan and cook 3 minutes, stirring. Stir in the ham and cook 2 minutes. Add the cream; bring to a low simmer and cook 5 minutes.
4. Drain pasta; place in large serving bowl. Stir remaining 2 tablespoons butter into the cream mixture over low heat until melted. Stir in the cheese. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. - Adapted from Epicurious.com