Oct 262012

Ham and pea pasta made with a vegetable-based tomato sauce

So, I don’t know if you guys have a similar issue, but when I can’t think of anything to make for dinner or am just too lazy, I make pasta. And when I am feeling REALLY lazy I make pasta with plain old tomato sauce. (Horrible, I know, don’t judge me… :)) I’ve run into this issue a lot less often since starting my search for new kids recipes. I’ve come to the realization that even a plain old tomato sauce can be dressed up a little.

Ham and pea pasta with vegetable-based tomato sauce

And, since next week is Halloween I thought what perfect timing to give you a ‘dressed up’ tomato sauce. No, of course this will not be my only mention of Halloween before the big day. As a part American living in Germany I feel it my duty to give this holiday a little more of a mention than that. So, I will be posting a little extra something on Sunday, which will be solely dedicated to Halloween…

Until then, have fun playing dress-up with your pasta!

Ham and pea pasta made with a vegetable-based tomato sauce

Ham and Pea Pasta in "Tomato Sauce"
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Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 28 oz./800g can of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 14 oz./400g of pasta (I use fusilli or penne, but anything will work)
  • ½ cup/120ml cream
  • 5 oz./150g cooked ham, diced
  • 1⅓ cup/150g peas, frozen
  • salt and pepper
  • parmesan cheese
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot and saute the onion and garlic until transluscent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the carrot and celery, season with salt and pepper, and saute another 5-6 minutes.
  3. Pour in the tomatoes, as well as, bay leaves and herbs, cover and let simmer for about 60 minutes or until the veggies are soft.
  4. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions and drain well.
  5. Remove bay leaves and puree the sauce.
  6. Stir in cream, ham, and peas, and allow the sauce to heat up without bringing it back to a boil. Season with salt and pepper if needed and toss the cooked pasta with the sauce.
  7. Top each serving with some parmesan cheese.


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