Easy Ham and Peas Spaghetti in Cheesy Garlic Sauce Recipe

Updated on September 11, 2018
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easy ham and peas spaghetti in cheesy garlic sauce recipe
easy ham and peas spaghetti in cheesy garlic sauce recipe | Source

What I like about home cooking is it gives me the freedom to cook whatever I want. Every time I crave something, I just check my refrigerator and pantry to see what's inside. Then, I simply mix and match my ingredients to come up with an outstanding dish.

Today, I craved pasta with white sauce. Unfortunately, I don't have any parmesan cheese, so I decided to use a mix of cheddar and mozzarella. It wasn't a bad choice because the result turned out well! It came out as a spaghetti version of mac and cheese. Feel free to try my recipe, below.

ingredients for the garlic spaghetti recipe
ingredients for the garlic spaghetti recipe | Source

Ingredients

  • 250 grams spaghetti
  • 2 pieces ham, cubed; cooked
  • 1/2 piece chicken cube
  • 3 cups pasta water
  • 1/2 cup cheese, mixed (cheddar and mozzarella)
  • 1/2 cup milk, warm
  • 1/4 cup peas, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
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utensils for preparing the ingredients
utensils for preparing the ingredients | Source
utensils for chopping the ingredients
utensils for chopping the ingredients | Source
utensils for cooking the dish
utensils for cooking the dish | Source

Utensils

For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Bowl
  • 2 Medium Bowls
  • 7 Small Bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Chopping Board
  • Knife

For Cooking the Dish:

  • Pan
  • Whisk
  • Spoon

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4

Instructions

  1. Boil salted water in a shallow pan or pot. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 3 cups pasta water.
  2. Cook garlic in melted butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook until garlic turns light brown.
  3. Whisk in pasta water and add chicken cube. Gradually incorporate the milk.
  4. Add ham, peas and cheese into the mixture.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to boil.
  6. Stir in cooked pasta. Serve immediately.
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Tips and Techniques

  1. Replace plain water with starchy pasta water to make a thicker sauce.
  2. Add warm milk into the mixture to avoid it from curdling.
  3. Slowly incorporate the milk to create a smooth mixture.
  4. Use any kind of cheese available such as parmesan.
  5. Salt the water for the pasta to make it tastier.

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 months ago from California

        Liz,

        It's okay. Maybe you don't noticed it because I made you hungry because of the title! Lol

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        Sorry. I was so focused on the title that I missed the food on the side!

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 months ago from California

        Hi Liz,

        The picture of my finished product is the 1st picture. You can try to make this one. It's very easy! Plus it will definitely satisfy your cravings for pasta.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        This a very useful recipe. Good that I didn't see a photo of the finished dish, as it would make me hungry.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 months ago from California

        Hi Eric,

        It tasted so good! You can also try it at home! Thanks for dropping by.

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        Eric Dierker 

        3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I like the thoughts here and the recipe.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 months ago from California

        Hello Mary,

        Yes, just throw everything you want in a pan then that's it! Enjoy the meal. No rules at all. Well as a chef, that's applicable for me at home and not at my workplace. lol

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        Mary Norton 

        3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        We do mostly home cooking as we enjoy doing it. You are right about being able to satisfy your craving.

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