Lazy Day Ham & Pea Pasta Recipe

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Are you looking for a quick lazy day pasta recipe? This one is a family favorite and on my summer meal plan.

The most time it takes is to cook the pasta. Who doesn’t enjoy that?

lazy day ham & pea pasta recipe plated on a white plate with a slice of French buttered bread

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Planning a Meal on a Busy or Lazy Day

This recipe is one that I have on my summer meal plan and I can switch it around in the week if I’m having a hectic day or I’m just exhausted and too lazy to cook what was planned.

I always keep ham sliced in the freezer as well as frozen peas. I also have pasta in my pantry.

ham cut into thin slices for ham and pea pasta recipe

Lazy Day Ham & Pea Pasta Recipe

When I initially found a recipe similar to this, it used way too much butter, sour cream, and parmesan cheese for my liking.

It was much heavier, almost like an alfredo. When I lightened it up, it tasted just as good and it really is something that we enjoy in the summer.

Ham and Peas with Pasta

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute meal, ham and pea with pasta, Pasta recipe
Servings: 6 servings


  • Saute Pan
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • Wooden Spoons
  • Large Sauce Pot or Pasta Pot


  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 pound Kraukus Ham, sliced thin I get the ham sliced from the deli and then I slice it into thin strips
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 12 oz. fettucini
  • salt & pepper to taste


Ham & Pea Mixture

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir until fragrant (about 1 minute). Stir in the shredded ham and thawed peas. Saute over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Take off the heat, set it aside, and keep warm.


  • Cook pasta according to package direction and drain


  • Put softened butter, sour cream, and parmesan cheese into a large mixing bowl.

Putting Everything Together

  • Put the hot drained noodles over the sauce ingredients that are in a large mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper if using
  • Toss until noodles are completely coated with butter, sour cream, and parmesan cheese. Then add the ham and pea mixture to this and continue tossing until well combined.
  • Serve immediately


You can use additional grated parmesan cheese on the side for garnish

What Kind of Pasta Should I Use?

This recipe calls for fettuccine but you can use just about anything that you have. The following pasta would be my suggestion to use if you have them on hand. They all can stand up to tossing and the weight of the cream sauce.

  • Fettuccine – This is a flatter broader pasta than spaghetti
  • Linguini – Linguini is more delicate than fettucini. It isn’t as broad or as thick as fettucini
  • Spaghetti – Spaghetti is a long, thin, solid, cylindrical pasta
  • Bow-Tie Pasta – Also known as Farfalle is a pasta shaped like a bow-tie
  • Rotini – This is a short cork-screw pasta

There are some great “pasta” that is now readily available that is healthier for you. We often use the Banza Brand chickpea pasta. Barilla makes some amazing gluten-free options. Most brands also have great whole-wheat varieties.

Our Favorite

Side Dish Ideas

  • Crusty French Bread
  • Side Salad
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Fresh Fruit Salad

Tools you’ll need

Pasta is one of my absolute favorite things and it takes a lot of self-control to not have it several times a week. As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I use zucchini noodles for many things but there is no substituting real pasta for a dish like this, at least in my opinion.

If you looking for other pasta recipes, I have several.

Click on the Titles to take you directly to the pasta post

Shrimp Alfredo with Angel Hair

Pasta & Shrimp Salad

Summer Tomato Pasta Salad

Cheesy Lobster Ravioli

Enjoy & Bon Appétit!


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