I have been craving pasta in the worst way this week! What is it about February??
It started on Sunday when I made a big pot of spaghetti with marinara and Italian sausage. We had friends over for dinner and I loved cooking up a big batch of sauce and then watching everyone go back for second helpings. Pasta is the perfect Sunday dinner for a hungry crowd. It’s also the perfect bowl of comfort when you are home alone and still craving pasta. Like I was. Last night.
What satisfied my craving? Penne with Ham, Onions & Green Peas held together with a “sauce” made of egg, pasta water, and parmesan cheese. Simple, satisfying, and just the right amount of salty. Ah, February. Ah, pasta.
- 2 cups dry whole wheat penne pasta
- 4 oz. (3/4 cup) diced ham
- 1 cup frozen peas
- ¼ cup finely chopped white onion
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt
- coarsely ground black pepper
- Whisk the eggs together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add 1 Tbsp. kosher salt.
- Add the pasta to the water and cook until al dente.
- Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the diced ham and chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the ham and onion start to brown.
- Remove the pan from heat and stir in the peas.
- When the pasta is cooked, drain, reserving ¼ cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta to the pot, off the heat.
- Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 3 Tbsp. pasta water to the egg, and whisk to combine.
- Add the ham mixture to the pasta, then stir in the egg mixture and mix vigorously to slightly cook the eggs. Add a little more pasta water if necessary to loosen the "sauce".
- Stir in the parmesan cheese, season with pepper and serve immediately.