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Creamy Pasta with Ham, Peppers & Leek

Easy yummy pasta dish. A cool trick to thicken the sauce is to use some starchy pasta water.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Durability: Orange
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 2 each red bell pepper 0.5 cm strips
  • 2 cloves thinly sliced garlic, or garlic paste
  • 0.5 each leek cut length-wise and sliced thinly
  • 2 twigs fresh rosemary, chopped, or 0.5 tsp dried (free of charge section)
  • salt and pepper (free of charge section)
  • 100 grams smoked ham, whole piece or sliced cubed from whole piece or thinly sliced
  • 300 ml creme fraiche regular 34%
  • 100 ml pasta water from draining
  • 85 grams parmesan shredded
  • 400 grams spaghetti, or penne


  • Boil pasta, add just a little oil so it doesn't stick while making the sauce. Save some of the water for your sauce, the starch will help thickening it.
  • Sautee veggies and rosemary in oil in a frying pan, they should just soften, not get any colour. Season, be careful with the salt though, the ham will be salty. 
  • Add garlic and ham a sautee another couple of mins. Add pasta water and simmer for a couple of mins, then add creme fraiche and heat until sauce is warm. Mix with pasta. 
  • Finish with grated parmesan and serve.