I always look forward to a day like this wherein my mind ran out of something to cook and it means Pasta!!! The original recipe got parma ham and since I’m living in a place wherein this type of ham is hard to find and if you find one, surely the price is not cheap. In the end you will be discouraged to cook the original recipe. This scenario happened to me a lot of times. I wanted to cook this and that and when I find the ingredients I will realize how expensive it is… my brain and my pocket will automatically shut the idea of making it. That was awful. right? and I’m sure I’m not the only in this dilemma and somehow I began to change this pattern. I just thought if I can substitute the original ingredients with another which is always available and affordable, then that would be awesome..and that begins my journey of changing, incorporating and mixing and its fun.. delicious and funny… and you can dance and sing in the kitchen like crazy…like me… ha ha ha! Now for the recipe….

Ingredients:

2  tbsp butter

4 cloves garlic, grated

2 cups green peas

1 1/2 cup or more black pepper ham

2 1/2 cups fresh milk

1 1/2 cups light cream

500 grams penne pasta

3/4 cup parmesan cheese

Direction:

Cook pasta according to package. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet or sauce pan over medium fire, heat, melt butter, add garlic and cook for about 1 minute.

Add milk and cream, heat to boiling point then reduce the heat to simmering mode uncovered for about 6 to 10 minutes.

Add the peas, pasta and 1/2 of cheese. Mix and cook for 2 minutes. Then turn off the heat and add the rest of the cheese.

Enjoy!

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Oh how can I resist my favorite comfort food, so light and gentle to my tummy. See, I even measured my portion, hope I wont be tempted to add another half a cup.