English Pea Pesto Pasta With Ham

English Pea Pesto Pasta With Ham

The natural sweetness and beautiful color of English peas make them a great addition to pesto. Make this dish with or without the diced ham.
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Cook spaghetti or linguine in boiling salted water following package directions. Drain.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, lightly brown the ham in 2 teaspoons of olive oil or butter.
  4. Step 4

    Meanwhile, for pesto, combine in a food processor the peas, basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and walnuts, if using.
  5. Step 5

    Run the food processor, adding olive oil a little at a time, until the mixture is finely chopped.
  6. Step 6

    Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed.
  7. Step 7

    Toss the diced ham and pesto with the hot pasta.
  8. Step 8

    Serve with more Parmesan cheese.
  9. Step 9