Sunday, April 8, 2018

Easter Linguini

I came up with the idea for this dish, believe it or not, while sitting in the dentist’s chair. I had an appointment to get my teeth cleaned, and because I find it so tedious, I generally just lie back, close my eyes, and take my mental leave. When I did, I started thinking about all of the Easter leftovers that I had in the fridge, and thus this recipe was born. This dish uses both ham and peas from my Easter dinner, and can be on the table in 30 minutes. So intrigued was I with the general idea, that as soon as I got home from the dentist, I dirtied up my clean teeth by eating a bowl of this. It is so good!

I decided to call this dish Easter Linguine because it makes use of leftover Easter ham and peas. Initially I had considered Easter Leftovers Linguine, but then I thought, who would want to eat that? :-)
Easter Linguini

8 ounces linguine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup ham, cut into strips
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup peas
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup freshly grated
Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
Lemon zest, a few gratings

Cook linguini according to package directions. During the last two minutes of cooking, toss in peas. Drain peas and pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Return peas and pasta to pan.

While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a 9-inch sauté pan. Gently sauté ham. Stir in garlic, cook for one minute. Stir in heavy cream, allow to simmer until thickened.

Pour cream sauce over linguini and peas, add parsley, Parmesan cheese, freshly ground pepper, and the lemon zest. Toss to coat. If sauce needs thinning, add pasta water a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches desired thickness. Serve immediately.

If you like linguini as much as I do, you may also enjoy Linguine in Broccoli Cream Sauce.

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Rustown Mom said...

Leftover ham is the BEST. And that looks divine - but I must say the broccoli one had me licking my lips. Must make that!

thel day said...

It looks very delicious. I do a very similar dish with macaroni and left over ham. Happy Spring!

Marcelle said...

Your Easter Linguini looks perfect! That broccoli pasta looks pretty delicious too. Yum, great recipes!!

Jessica Pelasky said...

This sounds amazing!

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