5-ingredient creamy orecchiette with peas and crispy Parma ham

5-ingredient creamy orecchiette with peas and crispy Parma ham

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Ruby Goss

Ruby Goss

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"This 20-minute, 5-ingredient dinner still feels a little fancy. This weekday friendly pasta combines orecchiette in a creamy sauce with sweet, springy peas (I personally find the way the peas get caught in the little pasta ears to be frankly adorable) and Parma ham (make sure to buy one that is edged with fat) that’s been crisped up in a pan. I wouldn’t usually add scallions to pasta—but here they add a real “spring” to your proverbial step! You can take this basic recipe further by adding your favorite spring herbs, lemon zest, and deglazing the pan with a little white wine before adding the crème fraîche!"

Difficulty

Easy 👌

Preparation

20 min

Baking

0 min

Resting

0 min

Ingredients

2Servings
200 g
orecchiette
150 g
peas
2 tbsp
crème fraîche
3 slices
Prosciutto di Parma
2 cloves
garlic
2
scallions (for serving)
Parmesan cheese (for serving)
olive oil
salt
pepper
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Utensils

large pot, cutting board, knife, fine grater, colander, frying pan, spatula, plate, paper towels

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Nutrition per serving

Cal551
Fat10 g
Protein25 g
Carb89 g
  • Step 1/3

    Set a large pot over high heat for the pasta. Thinly slice garlic and scallions. Finely grate Parmesan cheese.
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 2 scallions (for serving)
    • Parmesan cheese (for serving)
    • large pot
    • cutting board
    • knife
    • fine grater

    Set a large pot over high heat for the pasta. Thinly slice garlic and scallions. Finely grate Parmesan cheese.

  • Step 2/3

    Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Approx 2 min. before the end of cooking time, add the peas. Once the peas are warmed through, reserve a large mug of pasta water then drain the pasta and peas in a colander. While the pasta is cooking, add slices of Parma ham to a cold pan. Heat over medium heat until crisp on one side, then flip and repeat. If your Parma ham is quite lean, add a little olive oil to help crisp it up. Remove ham once crispy and let drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
    • 200 g orecchiette
    • 150 g peas
    • 3 slices Prosciutto di Parma
    • olive oil
    • salt
    • colander
    • frying pan
    • spatula
    • plate
    • paper towels

    Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Approx 2 min. before the end of cooking time, add the peas. Once the peas are warmed through, reserve a large mug of pasta water then drain the pasta and peas in a colander. While the pasta is cooking, add slices of Parma ham to a cold pan. Heat over medium heat until crisp on one side, then flip and repeat. If your Parma ham is quite lean, add a little olive oil to help crisp it up. Remove ham once crispy and let drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Step 3/3

    Add a little olive oil to the same pan used for the ham and fry the garlic until almost golden, over medium heat, approx. 2 min. Add pasta and peas into the pan, followed by crème fraîche. Toss well until you have a silky sauce, adding some pasta water to help coat the pasta. Season generously with pepper. Once off the heat, add a generous amount of grated Parmesan on top and stir though. Serve in bowls and break pieces of crispy Parma ham over the top, garnishing with scallions and extra Parmesan, if desired. Enjoy!
    • olive oil
    • 2 tbsp crème fraîche
    • pepper

    Add a little olive oil to the same pan used for the ham and fry the garlic until almost golden, over medium heat, approx. 2 min. Add pasta and peas into the pan, followed by crème fraîche. Toss well until you have a silky sauce, adding some pasta water to help coat the pasta. Season generously with pepper. Once off the heat, add a generous amount of grated Parmesan on top and stir though. Serve in bowls and break pieces of crispy Parma ham over the top, garnishing with scallions and extra Parmesan, if desired. Enjoy!

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    5-ingredient creamy orecchiette with peas and crispy Parma ham

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