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Creamy Pasta with Leeks, Peas and Ham


Creamy Pasta with Leeks, Peas and Ham

Creamy Pasta with Leeks, Peas and Ham
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Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6


  • 1 lb pasta
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 leeks, cut into half-moons
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 4 oz low-fat cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan (1 oz)
  • Pinch freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 6 oz thinly sliced ham, torn into pieces



    1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid, drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
    2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the leeks, onion and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until very tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
    3. Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the cream cheese, Parmesan and nutmeg. Stir in the peas and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
    4. Toss the pasta with the cream sauce and ham, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid if the pasta seems dry.


6 Servings

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 471
Fat: 12g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 27mg
Sodium: 550mg
Carbohydrates: 71g
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Protein: 20g