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Ham and pesto pasta

Serves 6

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Ingredients

1 packet (500g) pasta

2 tbsp olive oil

200 g ham pieces (from shoulder ham or similar)

110 g bag of slivered almonds and pine nuts

Pesto

Parmesan cheese

Sprig of fresh basil

Method

Put hot water in a large pot, add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil

Add pasta to pot and cook for time stated on packet

Add olive oil to a medium non-stick pan, coat surface, heat pan to low heat

Add ham pieces to pan, cook gently

Add olive oil to a small non-stick pan, coat surface, heat pan to low heat

Add slivered almonds and pine nuts to pan, cook gently

Drain pasta in a colander

Put 2 tbsp pesto is a large bowl, swirl to spread

Add 1/2 the drained pasta to bowl, stir to mix with pesto

Add the rest of the drained pasta to bowl, put 1-2 tbsp pesto on top, stir to mix

Add ham and slivered almonds and pine nuts, stir gently to mix

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, add a sprig of fresh basil

Ham and pea pasta

Serves 4

IMG_1233 Ham and pea pasta

Ingredients

200 g pasta

150 g ham (eg piece of shoulder ham)

1 cup frozen peas

150 mL cream

2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Method

Put hot water in a large pot, add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil

Add pasta to the pot, cook for the recommended time

Thaw peas by adding boiling water to the cup, strain, then add peas to pasta water for the last 5 mins of cooking time

Measure out cream and parmesan cheese

When pasta and peas are cooked, drain in a colander

Put the empty pot back on low heat and add the cream, parmesan cheese and ham, warm through

Add the pasta and peas to pot, mix well