Pasta Baked With Peas and Ham

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READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

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Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta; preheat oven to 500°.
  2. Cut the ham into long 1/2-inch wide strips, then cut crosswise to make 1- to 1 1/2 inch long pieces (you should have about 1 cup).
  3. Toss in a large mixing bowl; add in the peas, Pecorino Romano, 1/2 cup of the Grana Padano, cream, and salt; mix together.
  4. Add just enough grated nutmeg for a good whiff to reach your nose.
  5. Your want to flavor the cream discreetly.
  6. Fold it into the mixture and add more salt if necessary.
  7. Generously salt the boiling water and drop in the pasta.
  8. Cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes.
  9. The pasta will be parboiled and too hard to eat; it cooks further in the oven.
  10. Drain the macaroni, reserving 1 cup of the water, and transfer the pasta to the mixing bowl.
  11. Add 1/2 cup pasta water and toss again; there should be abundant liquid surrounding the pasta; add more water if it looks too dry or too thick.
  12. Transfer the pasta and its sauce to individual shallow baking dishes or to 1 or 2 shallow baking dishes.
  13. Bake for 8-10 minutes (check halfway through baking time and drizzle with more pasta water if necessary), until bubbly hot with a few browned noodles on top.
  14. Serve right away with the remaining Grana Padano passed at the table.

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