Farfalle with Peas, Ham and Cream

  • 20 mins total
  • 5 mins prep
  • 15 mins cook
  • serves 4 people

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Farfalle with peas, ham, and cream. Quick and easy Italian dinner recipe that can be made in less than 20 minutes.

This wonderful creamy pasta recipe is super simple to make and a great way to use any leftover ham that you may have.

I selected farfalle, or bow ties, not because they are my favorite pasta, but also because the sauce sits well in the little bow part of the pasta thus allowing you to get all the wonderful flavors. Penne or rigatoni are an alternate good choice. Whichever past you choose, make sure that it is tubular. I enjoy cooking pasta al dente or to the bite.

To make this dish a bit lighter you can substitute the heavy cream with whole milk.  Add more cheese as it will thicken the sauce a bit. You do not want a runny sauce but neither too thick. I do not recommend using almond milk or coconut milk either.

While the water comes to a boil you can start cooking the peas, ham, and cream sauce.  As they say in Italy, pasta does not wait for you, you wait for it.


  • While you are cooking the pasta start preparing the peas, ham, and cream sauce. Use a large skillet that you can add to the cooked pasta.
  • Before draining the farfalle pasta, save a cup of the cooking water. This will help to thin the sauce if need be. The water contains the natural starch
  • More than welcome to use frozen peas and if you have fresh do not hesitate. The flavor will not be compromised.
  • Cook the pasta a minute less than the packaging recommended time or al dente. Adding it to the cream sauce it will finish cooking.


  • Instead of ham, you can replace it with prosciutto. Although a great combination, beware of not over-salting your dish as the prosciutto is cured with salt thus more salty by nature.
  • Add some small chopped onion to the cream.
  • I used Parmigiano Reggiano, you can replace it with pecorino romano.

You can use any tubular pasta with this dish. You want the sauce to be absorbed by the pasta. The cream is well balanced with the sweetness of the peas and the saltiness of the ham.

Hungry for more? Why not try making:

Ricotta, Arugula Pine Nuts Penne Pasta
Caramelized Onion and Bacon Tart
Orecchiette with Sausage and Tomatoes

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Nutrition Facts
Farfalle with Peas, Ham, and Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 671 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 552mg24%
Potassium 455mg13%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 810IU16%
Vitamin C 14.5mg18%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Farfalle with Peas, Ham, and Cream

  • 20 mins total
  • 5 mins prep
  • 15 mins cook
  • serves 4 people


Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  • 1 pound farfalle pasta
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 3 to 4 slices ham
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.

  2. In a skillet add the peas, butter, ham. Sautee for 5 minutes. Add the cream, salt, pepper, and cook under medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cream is slightly becoming thick. Remove from heat.

  3. When the pasta is cooked and drained, return to the pan and add the sauce. Stir well and add the cheese.

  4. Serve nice and hot.

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Comments (11) Post a Reply

  1. Ghanashyam K says:

    This looks so good! Also, I think adding some sauteed garlic to the sauce would definitely elevate the taste, just a suggestion.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      I think it is a great suggestion, and thank you for making it. I would be cautious with the garlic as it may overpower the sauce.
      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Melinda says:

    What a great recipe to use my leftover ham! Plus I love pretty much anything with peas. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      My pleasure Melinda!.

  3. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says:

    Omg I’d so love a big bowl of this pasta right now. All my favourites in one dish!!

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you Cindy!. Same with my family as they constantly asking me to make it for them.

  4. Meenakshi Thakur says:

    I am always looking for new pasta variations. This sounds pretty novel to me. Going to give it a try this weekend, thanks for the recipe.

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      Thank you for stopping by! You will love this dish of Farfalle with peas, ham and cream. So easy to make too.

  5. Jeannie says:

    I havent tried using peas with pasta, I like how easy to make this recipe. Need to try. Thanks for the inspo.

  6. Gina Abernathy says:

    Pasta is always a hit at my house. This looks so good and plus it’s easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Gregory Halpen says:

    I love this! Pasta cream and peas are so delicious together! I’ll be trying this one out for sure!

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