Simple pasta dish with a quick alfredo sauce using leftover ham and frozen peas. Comes together in less than 20 minutes.
Every family has an easy, simple recipe that everyone eats. It usually involves pasta and some inexpensive meat. This is ours.
It’s easy, it’s cheap. It takes about 15 minutes. You can make 10000 substitutions. I usually use ham, peas and pasta – hence the elaborate title. It evolved over tons of left over Easter ham. But then I didn’t have leftover ham, so I used a ham steak, kielbasa, chicken sausage, and even plain chicken. Even my picky eaters eat it, it heats up well.. it’s a kid-friendly slam dunk that doesn’t suck. My kids ask for it, they will eat it as leftovers.
I make it in a quick light cream sauce. We use diatini because I started making this when I had babies and the little pastas are easy to eat. We still eat it today and I keep the tiny pasta to remember the little chubby hands.
It’s a perfect use for left over ham. We have ham every Easter and at some point during Christmas break. I chop up all the leftovers into bite sized pieces and freeze them in one cup portions.
So easy, so good. Even better as leftovers for lunch the next day.
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Ham Peas Pasta Alfredo
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp chopped garlic
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cups cooked ham chopped into bite sized pieces, can be frozen
- 1/2 lb pasta I use diatini
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tsp Cajun seasoning I use Tony Chachere's creole seasoning, which I know is not cajun, but I love it all the same
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Cook the pasta per the package directions.
While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large pan and then add the onion and garlic.
Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add in the ham and cook until heated. Add the milk, half and half, and cajun seasoning and allow to come to a bubble. Reduce heat on ham mixture.
Drain pasta (do not rinse it and do not shake off the excess water) and add to the ham mixture. Top with frozen peas and parm cheese. Stir until combined.
Serve with more cheese. If you're inspired, also add a green salad to the table.