Have you enjoyed a fresh, garden pea? Isn’t it a marvel that they taste so completely different from the mushy, canned peas of our childhoods? I’m not even sure how they are the same vegetable. Fresh garden peas are one of the wonderful gifts of spring. Light, fresh and tasty, they pair so well with other foods like mint and ham and parsley. We received our first quart of fresh peas this week and had fun shucking them. I knew right away, I wanted to make this simple, Italian dish pairing smoked pork, spring onions and these peas!
We used locally made spinach fettucine from Melina’s Pasta, smoked pork from Mae Farm and spring onions and peas from our Produce Box! This was a quick and easy dinner that was also delicious! I did use a jar of Alfredo sauce (weak moment in Target), but you could easily make your own or just use olive oil.
Pasta with Ham and Spring Peas (serves 4-6)
12 oz. spinach fettuccine
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 spring onion
2 smoked pork chops or 2 cups of hormone free ham, cubed
1 cup fresh peas
1 jar Alfredo sauce
Bring a stock pot of water to boil over high heat.
While waiting for the water to boil, heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.
Dice onion and add to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes.
Stir well and add the ham. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Stir often.
Add salt to the boiling water. Add pasta.
Add peas and Alfredo sauce to the sauté pan. Stir well and heat through.
Add the drained pasta to the sauté pan, along with 1/4 cup of pasta water. Toss well to coat the pasta.
Add pasta to serving bowls and top with grated cheese, if desired.