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Ham and Pea Pasta

This Ham and Pea Pasta takes advantage of classic flavour combinations to create an easy pasta dinner that can look all sorts of fancy!

Portrait close up image of ham and pea pasta using penne rigatoni and edible lilac flowers as garnish

Pea Pasta Sauce.

Tomatoes are the obvious first thought when it comes to pasta sauces but I have a thing for peas.

I love ’em, their sweet and fresh flavour is perfect alongside the smoky ham in this delicious but simple pasta recipe.

As far as food combinations go pea and ham is as close as you can get to perfection if you ask me.

It is not the first time it has been used here featuring in both my pea and ham risotto and in this pasta with peas and ham in a broth recipe.

It will also not be the last!

Using a pea puree as a sauce may seem unusual but it works really well.

It is fairly light yet creamy and still coats the pasta well, this puree is also the one I serve with my deep fried goats cheese.

Portrait overhead image of ham and pea pasta using penne rigatoni and edible lilac flowers as garnish

Ingredient Advice.

This recipe works exceptionally well with two types of pasta.

Tubes and wide ribbons, it has a thick and rich sauce that is great at filling nooks and crannies.

Here I plate it with penne rigatoni, but pappardelle or tagliatelle would work equally well.

Just remember to salt your pasta water properly, at least a tablespoon of salt for 4 litres (1 gallon) of cooking water.

I typically use frozen peas although this is so very good with peas fresh from the garden.

As for the flowers, ain’t they pretty?

But they also add flavour, lilac flowers add an almost citrus flavour to the dish along with a slight bitterness. This is a perfect for the sweet peas and salty ham.

But don’t worry if your lilac bush has no flowers, I make this dish all year round without them.

Portrait image of ham and pea pasta using penne rigatoni and edible lilac flowers as garnish

Pasta Presentation.

Regular readers will know I have a thing about pasta presentation… In fact just food presentation!

Whether it is the tubes of spaghetti that I use in my pea pesto pasta, or the towers of pasta I make for my squid ink pasta with prawns recipe.

Of course you can just chuck this in a bowl and it will taste great.

But I would still keep some peas behind and dress with the ham and peas rather than mix everything together.

I cook for two and like to make our food look as good as it tastes.

It needn’t take long and if you are getting creative take a picture and share it with me on Instagram, I’d love to see what you are doing.

Square image of ham and pea pasta using penne rigatoni and edible lilac flowers as garnish
Yield: 2 Servings

Ham and Pea Pasta Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A pea puree is an unusual sauce for pasta but it works so well in this pea and ham pasta recipe. It makes for a delightfully light sauce perfect for a spring quick meal.


  • 150 g (1.5 Cups) Penne Rigatoni
  • 150 g (1 Cup) Smoked Ham
  • 150 g (1 Cup) Frozen Peas
  • 125 ml (1/2 Cup) Double Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 35 g (1/3 Cup) Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lilac Flowers for Garnish (Optional)


  1. Bring a large pan of generously salted water to the boil.
  2. Cut the ham into 1cm cubes.
  3. Place the peas in a colander and drop them into the boiling water for 2 minutes.
  4. Refresh the peas in cold water, reserving around 35g for garnish.
  5. Place the remaining peas in a blender with the double cream and blend to a smooth puree.
  6. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as per the instructions, this should take no longer than 12 minutes.
  7. Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and gently cook off the ham.
  8. Remove the ham from the frying pan and set aside, pour in the pea puree and add the parmesan cheese.
  9. Drain and add the pasta to the pea puree and stir to coat.
  10. Plate up beginning with a pool of the puree, followed by the pasta and dress with peas and the fried ham cubes.
  11. The lilac flowers are an optional extra but taste great!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 639Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 1117mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 30g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!

Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Friday 26th of May 2017

This looks delicious and I just love the flower touch. Perfect for spring! Gorgeous pics too :)

Brian Jones

Monday 29th of May 2017

Thanks Dawn


Friday 26th of May 2017

My kids would love this dish. It looks so yummy!

Brian Jones

Monday 29th of May 2017

Thanks Katrin, I guess it is colourful and kid friendly too, never considered that ;)


Friday 26th of May 2017

Stunning, this looks like a 5 star plate of food!

Brian Jones

Monday 29th of May 2017

Awww schucks, thanks Renee.

Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

Friday 26th of May 2017

Great idea to share recipes of a similar ilk. This pasta sounds intersting, and I imagine is really tasty, it is a classic flavour connection.

Brian Jones

Monday 29th of May 2017

Definitely a very classic combination and one of my favourites so it gets a run out in all sorts of guises ;)


Friday 26th of May 2017

The lilac flowers are so gorgeous. And your pea puree pops so beautifully. Peas and ham are a delight together.

Brian Jones

Monday 29th of May 2017

Thanks Katherine, they are all pretty classical flavours together.

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