The holidays are over and the shelves in the fridge are still filled with delicacies. We no longer feel like beet roots, swedes, herring or salmon, Christmas ham or pate that I stored in excess for the holidays. Felt like eating some normal food but did not want to go to the grocer’s. I also wanted to cook up something quick because I was starving after my Friday evening yoga class.
We always have some pasta around so I decided on peas (from the freezer) with spaghetti and some Parma ham. I think my inspiration rose from pisi e risi (peas and rice) and creme ninon as well as from the contents of the fridge.
This is what you need for four portions – or two large ones:
300 g spaghetti, water, salt and olive oil
200 g frozen peas, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 dl double cream (optional), black pepper
Pecorino or Parmesan cheese, thin slices or shavings of Parma or other cured ham
1 Put the pasta water on and cook the pasta. Make the sauce while the pasta is cooking.
2 Put the frozen peas into boiling water so that the peas are covered. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Add the garlic, crushed. Pure the peas in a mixer or a kitchen aid and pour the pure back to the pan. Add the cream and 1 tbsp of parmesan, and let simmer for 3 minutes or so.
3 Pour the pasta water out using a colander and put the pasta back into the pan. Pour in the sauce and mix, let the pan stay on the hot stove but turn down the heat. Let it rest in the pan for a couple of minutes.
4 Add pepper to taste. Decorate with more Parmesan and ham shavings just before serving.
Voila! A wholesome pasta dish with taste of Christmas.