totrtellini recipe with pea and ham

Tortellini with pea and ham sauce

Tortellini is a really easy way to make a delicious meal with very little effort and this pea and ham sauce with some good tortellini is a real winner. You can choose your favourite tortellini fillings like spinach and ricotta, butternut or a meat filling, either way you are going to love it. It’s certainly not for dieters but so delicious even if you are dieting and you allow yourself a treat, this would be it. (serves 4 people easily)

What you need

500g of your favourite tortellini
4-6 slices ham chopped up
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 cup frozen peas
200ml double cream
Grated Parmesan cheese
Olive oil

The process

Pop your tortellini in a pot of rapidly boiling water that has been generously salted and cook as per instructions on the pack. (I must say that the Woolies fresh tortellini is fantastic and cooks very quickly).

While thats going on, heat a pan on low heat, add a little olive oil and cook your garlic for about a minute until it is sizzling but not brown. Add the peas, ham and then the cream, season with a grind of black pepper and a pinch of salt.

Bring the sauce to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute. This cooks the peas and brings all of the flavours together.

Remove from the heat, toss in the tortellini and gently mix it in using a folding movement. (You want to be really careful here so that you do not break the tortellini) If you are a good flipper of the pan, flip the tortellini around until every piece is coated in the sauce.

Serve immediately with a generous amount of Parmesan. Serve with a salad and a few sliced of toasted ciabatta rubbed with a garlic clove.