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Creamy Fettuccine with Peas and Ham

Cook time is 10 - 15 minutes. Sauce is made while fettuccine is cooking. Fettuccine pasta is coated with a cream sauce, flavored with garlic and a splash of Vermouth, mixed with peas and ham, then tossed with Parmesan. Simple, easy, and delicious.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 pound fettuccine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • ¼ pound ham cut into thin strips
  • ¼ cup vermouth or white wine
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup frozen sweet peas
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup reserved pasta water


  • Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. I cook about a 1 - 2 minutes less what it states then test.
  • While pasta is cooking, set a large skillet or saute pan over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the ham and cook until heated, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in Vermouth and cook until almost evaporated, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the cream and peas and bring just to a low simmer for about 5 minutes until thickened and peas are heated through. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Drain pasta and reserve ¼ cup of pasta water. I add the water to the measuring cup I used for cream to “wash” it out.
  • Transfer pasta to bowl and toss with cream sauce, Parmesan cheese, and reserved pasta water. Serve hot.