Pasta with ham & minty pea pesto

Pasta with ham & minty pea pesto

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4
Serve your choice of pasta with ham and a vivid green sauce made from peas, mint and crème fraîche

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal487
  • fat12g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre7g
  • protein30g
  • salt1.3g
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  • 400g pasta shapes



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 400g frozen pea, defrosted
  • ½ bunch mint, leaves picked



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 50g grated Parmesan or pecorino, plus extra to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 100g half-fat crème fraîche
  • 175g thinly sliced smoked ham, shredded


  1. Cook the pasta following pack instructions, adding 200g of the peas for the final 1 min of cooking. Drain, reserving some of the cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, blitz the rest of the peas, mint, half the Parmesan and the crème fraîche until smooth, then season. When the pasta is cooked, tip back into the pan on the heat and spoon in the pea cream, ham and the remaining Parmesan. Stir to coat the pasta evenly, adding the reserved water if it is too thick. Serve immediately, with extra Parmesan, if you like.

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Comments (15)

christine_p's picture

I used, leftover gammon from sunday dinner which has more flavour than standard ham (which I find bland at the best of times) Was very tasty.

lizzafezza's picture

Quick dish for mid week

yougotkegged's picture

wasn't particularly impressed - as another reviewer has said, this was quite bland. Won't be making it again

angied007's picture

anenglishrose- you are either rather dim or a comedy genius, this has put a smile on my face, I might even try the recipe too! As stated above, of course!

Heatherch's picture

Tried this tonight - I had everything in the cupboard & fridge. Just made one portion - very easy to scale down. Quick & tasty - I added a goodngring of black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice as I dished up. Good tasty, quick & easy store cupboard meal, with or without the ham.

itsamee's picture

Enjoyed this simple dish, added some finely chopped spring onions to the sauce . I love this site but it would be very helpful if herbs were expressed in grams, I grow my own and can only assume that a bunch is a shop quantity.

lisav1426's picture

don't usually visit this site for its comedy value so thank you english rose and fulvia for the bonus giggle! Recipe also good with the addition of asparagus (with either ham or salmon)

fulvia76's picture

@anenglishrose No worries, I completely understand, my husband is celiac so not just wheat intolerant, but gluten free pasta is so common in every supermarket (and if you want even heathier versions, there are also brown rice or buckweath pasta)...also, the recipe is all about peas, which in springtime are at the best, so please do not omit them...finally Pecorino cheese is very important as gives the saltiness, if you do not have it, use parmesan and/or plenty of salt and black pepper to avoid a bland result! ham is the option, I think, but smoked salmon would be a nice alternative!

anenglishrose's picture

I see what you mean Dear, I will try again with Ham. Thank you

fulvia76's picture cooked nuts in a sweetcorn and milk sauce! the recipe was pasta with ham, mint and peas sauce!! I'm 100% sure you won't be cooking that anymore!!! :)))

anenglishrose's picture

A strange recipe, had to leave out the pasta as I'm wheat intolerant to substituted a handful of nuts. I didnt have any peas in my freezer so had to make do with sweetcorn. My local waitrose was all out of Creme fraîche so I used up the semi skimmed milk. The combination of nuts milk and sweetcorn just didnt work for me I couldn't bring myself to add Mint. I won't be trying this recipe again!

lizzafezza's picture

Super quick and tasty.

teijaandgary's picture

Replaced ham with salmon and added some broccoli for extra veg - very light and tasty

Bethanwy's picture

Brilliantly quick and it tastes just like spring! I think the leftovers would be great as a cold salad for work the next day - not that we had any left!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

The minty pesto was a lovely creamy green but unfortunately this sauce was very bland. Okay for a quick mid-week meal but nothing special.

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