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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29th Apr, 2013 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!!! :)))
29th Apr, 2013
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!
17th Apr, 2013
Super quick and tasty.
15th Apr, 2013
Replaced ham with salmon and added some broccoli for extra veg - very light and tasty
21st Mar, 2013
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
12th Mar, 2013
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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