Breezy summer ham and pasta recipe


My mamma-in-law Marisa named this quick and simple ham and pasta recipe ‘tagliatelle delicate’ (pronounced deli-car-tay) because it doesn’t cover its long pasta with a thick sauce, making it immediately much lighter than many tagliatelle dishes.

ham and pea pasta

It’s really a flavorsome little beauty too… effectively a quicker, more streamlined version of this ‘pasta piselli’, it combines sweet small peas with fresh, thick-cut ham (rather than piselli’s bacon bits) to create a scrummy winner that’ll have you craving more.

Use it for a filling weekend lunch or as the first course of dinner instead (followed by cooked meat and salad - real Italian style!).

Enough jabbering from me then, it’s ham and pasta time…

Serves 2

Ingredients: (For a printable PDF shopping list click here, or right-click this link and choose 'Save target/link as' to save it for later.)

240g/8.5oz tagliatelle (or make it fresh!)

400g/14oz tin of petit pois (small peas)

250ml/8.5 fl oz milk

Thick 100g/3.5oz slice of pork ham

1 small onion

35g/1.2oz soft butter

25g/0.8oz parmesan cheese

Extra virgin olive oil


Deep pan/skillet

Pasta pan

Mixing bowl


Cheese grater

STEP 1 - First some quick preparation.

- Chop the butter into small cubes.

- Grate the parmesan.

- Use a sieve to drain the peas.

- Chop the ham into thin, short (1-2-inch) strips.

- Peel the onion and cut it in half.

- Cover the base of the pan with olive oil and pop on a medium heat hob.

STEP 2 - When the oil is hot, drop in the onion and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

- Then remove the onion (it was just to flavour the oil), add the peas, and cover with the milk.

- Add half the ham, a dash of salt and pepper, and bring to the boil.

- Reduce the heat and simmer for approx. 30 mins, stirring occasionally, until the majority of the milk has evaporated and the remaining milk is quite thick).

STEP 3 - During the last 10 mins of the milk’s simmering, boil up the second pan full of water (with a handful of salt), and cook the tagliatelle as per its packet’s instructions.

- When ready, drain and add to mixing bowl with the butter and parmesan.

- Stir through thoroughly.

STEP 4 - To finish, simply place the tagliatelle into your pasta bowls and add the pea/ham mixture on top of each.

- Garnish this with the remaining uncooked strips of ham.


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