8 ounces whole-wheat or spelt spaghetti
1.5 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 cup of lean ham, diced
3/4 cup of fat-free half and half
1 cup frozen peas
3 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to package directions, without salt. Before draining, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, basil, pepper flake. Cook until onions are translucent, about 2 minutes.
Add ham, half-and-half, and pasta water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the flavors blend and sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.
Add peas and a pinch of salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes. Add pasta, toss to coat, reduce heat to low, and cook 1 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and serve hot with cheese.
Number of Servings: 4