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Pasta with Ham and Peas

Pasta with Ham and Peas
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3/4 pound fusili pasta


2 Tbsp butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 cups diced ham

1 1/2 cups frozen peas

1/2 cup cream

1 cup of pasta cooking water

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest


Heat 4 quarts of water and 2 Tbsp salt in a large pot for the pasta. Once the water starts to boil, add the pasta and cook at a rolling boil, uncovered, until al dente, cooked through, but still a little firm to the bite . Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

While you are cooking the pasta, heat the butter in a medium skillet on medium heat until melted. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the ham and the frozen peas.

Stir in 1 cup of the pasta cooking water which will help thaw the peas. Stir in 1/2 cup of cream, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and lemon zest.

When the pasta is ready, toss it with the sauce in a serving bowl and serve.