Creamy Penne Pasta With Ham and Peas

Recipe by Aurora
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READY IN: 40mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Bring large pot of water to boil and add pasta, cooking to al dente.
  • Add peas last 2-3 minutes to pasta.
  • Scoop out 1 cup pasta water, then drain, and place in a large serving dish.
  • Whisk flour into milk (or shake together in a jar) till mixed well.
  • In skillet, pour olive oil in and add ham, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until ham is crispy. Remove to paper towel to drain.
  • In sauce pan, melt butter (or use more olive oil) and saute garlic over medium low for about 2-3 minutes (if you love garlic, feel free to add more!).
  • Whisk in milk/flour mixture and add chipped cream cheese, whisking till melted into sauce smoothly. Add Parmesan cheese and whisk till incorporated.
  • In large dish with pasta and peas, toss in crispy ham, and any other vegetables you want (optional).
  • Pour sauce over pasta and mix, pouring in pasta water till nice and creamy.
  • Top with more parmesan and fresh ground pepper.
  • serve immediately with tossed salad and garlic bread. YUM!
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