This pasta has a classic simple flavor combination that is appealing. Peas and ham are very nice with a peppery parmesan creme. Farfalle has a nice shape for picking up the cream sauce.
In Italy, there are many pancetta or ham and peas pasta entrees, but cream sauces are not usually used as pasta sauces. American and French chefs tend to adapt cream sauces for pastas. Many chefs call a parmesan cream sauce Alfredo, but any gourmet customer knows that there is no cream in an Alfredo sauce. I always call call a parmesan cream sauce what it really is, because I have a strong sense of ethics when cooking.
Just like any pasta sauce, only enough sauce should be added to the pasta, so the pasta becomes coated with flavor. A pasta should not be swimming in sauce!
Farfalle with Ham, Peas and Black Pepper Parmesan Creme Recipe:
Boil 1 portion of farfalle pasta in water over high heat, till the pasta is cooked al dente.
The sauce can be made while the pasta cooks!
Place a saute pan over medium heat.
Add 2 pats of unsalted butter.
Add 1 handful of small diced ham. (Regular salt cured ham is fine for this recipe.)
Saute the ham, till some very light brown highlights appear.
Add 1 cup of cream.
When the cream starts to simmer, reduce the temperature to medium/medium low heat.
Add 1 small handful of finely grated parmesan cheese, while constantly stirring with a whisk.
Stir the sauce, until the cheese melts into the sauce.
Simmer and reduce the sauce, till it becomes a thin cream sauce consistency.
Add 3 pinches of coarsely ground black pepper.
Keep the sauce warm over very low heat, till the pasta is cooked al dente.
Drain the water off of the pasta.
Add the portion of farfalle pasta to the sauce.
Add 1 small handful of peas to the sauce.
Toss the sauce and pasta together.
Mound the pasta on the center of a plate.
Sprinkle 1 pinch of coarsely ground black pepper over the pasta.
This is a very simple pasta that is full of flavor! The sauce needs no garlic and salt should never be added to a fine Italian cheese sauce! Yum! ... Shawna