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Pasta with peas and ham (quick and tasty!) – Gordon Ramsay’s version

pasta, peas and ham

There Pasta with peas and ham it’s a first course very tasty, rich variant of the traditional Pasta and peas, made with laddition of cooked ham diced which gives a touch of extra flavor. The great thing is you can make it the old fashioned way with creampeas and ham both without creamit will come equally creamy! Why the pasta cooks together with the sauce all in one pot, releasing starch that will bind the ingredients in a tasty embrace!

pasta, peas and ham

For the fast implementationYou can choose pasta of your choice: pens, butterflies, tubes. As well as you can use either fresh peas, those found in the vegetable stand in spring for shelling, which I love! is frozen peas . The result, thanks to all the advice you find in the procedure and the inherited method from my beloved Pasta e beans, you will get one pasta, ham and peas enveloping and perfectly tiedsuper fragrant and tasty, it will literally sell out, in 20 minutes! I find it ideal as a first daily newspaper that can be resolved in a short time dinner or lunch! For the whole family, including children!

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Pasta with peas and ham recipe


Preparation Cooking Total
5 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes

Cost Kitchen Calories
Bass Italian 344 Kcal


Quantity for 4 people

  • 800 g of fresh peas (to be shelled) or 300 g of frozen peas
  • 170 g of short pasta such as farfalle, penne, cavatelli, tubetti, wheels
  • 1 small white onion
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • mint or basil
  • 80 g of cooked ham (diced or 1 thick slice from which to cut cubes)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan to finish (optional)


How to make pea and ham pasta

First, if you have chosen fresh peas, shell them, otherwise skip this step.

Then blend the onion very finely and add it to a pan with 3 tablespoons of oil. Let fry for a few seconds, add the diced cooked ham and continue to fry for 1 minute:

how to make pea and ham pasta

Then add the peas, a few mint leaves, turn, leave to brown over medium heat for a couple of minutes.

Finally add 2 ladles of boiling water so that they cover the peas and let them boil.

At that point add the pasta you have chosen. Leave to cook with a lid for about 15 minutes, but the time varies depending on the pasta you have chosen.

If it dries out, add 1 -2 tablespoons of boiling water. At the end of cooking, add 1 drizzle of oil towards the end of cooking, salt and pepper.

It must be creamy and enveloping, not dry!

Pasta with cream, peas and ham

If you like at this point you can add 200 ml of cooking cream, leave and leave to stir for 2 minutes then turn off the heat and add pecorino or parmesan.

In this case I made it without cream and to make it even creamier, I added pecorino to the point.

In any case, it is delicious and creamy even without cheese.

Here’s yours ready Pasta with peas and ham. serve hot with a sprinkling of pepper and fresh mint

pasta recipe with peas and ham


If you have cooked the pasta perfectly al dente; it keeps very well for the evening. just heat it on the stove with a little extra virgin olive oil!

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Meatballs in the air fryer (amazing!) – Gordon Ramsay’s version

air fryer meatballs recipe

The Meatballs in air fryer I’m a second dish very tasty, alightweight alternative And fast to prepare the meatballs; that despite being vegan cooked without oil will result soft inside with a beautiful golden crust. Believe me they are truly amazing!

air fryer meatballs recipe

For the Quick and easy recipe I took inspiration from my most loved preparations: thedough some meatballs with sauce, in fact you will need them 10 minutes to mix together ground beef and pork, eggs, softened bread and cheese, round them between your hands and finally cook the meatballs in the air fryer. Thanks to trick inherited from the baked meatballs, to add 2 tablespoons of broth during cooking, these they will not dry out (due to the air fan) proving to be kept inside although crunchy on the outside. To give you an idea, the result is incredible, do you know the delicious fried meatballs? they are practically the same, but without fried! Perfect to prepare as a second course save dinner or save lunch , needless to say, children eat them repeatedly like sweets and we adults follow suit! And if you want to combine it with an excellent quick side dish, also make air fryer potatoes, they are special! However, if you make them smaller they are also special for aperitif accompanied by a delicious sauce.

Air Fryer Meatballs Recipe


Preparation Cooking Total
15 minutes 15 minutes 30 minutes

Cost Kitchen Calories
Bass Italian 344 Kcal


Quantity for 20 pieces

  • 300 g of minced beef
  • 50 g of sausage removed from the casing (alternatively other minced pork)
  • 70 g of stale bread (1 sandwich)
  • 1 small egg
  • 2 tablespoons of parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • fresh parsley
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons meat or vegetable broth



How to make meatballs in an air fryer

First of all, soak the bread in hot water, a few minutes will be enough, then obtain mainly the crumb, squeeze it well and add it to a bowl.

Then add the minced meat, crumbled sausage, egg, parmesan, milk, finely chopped parsley and a little salt.

Finally knead with your hands until you obtain a compact mixture

Roll balls of about 5 cm between your hands. But you can also make them smaller:

how to make meatballs in an air fryer

Then, as you make them, place them in the basket of your air fryer with some chopped rosemary and 2 tablespoons of broth, if you like also with oil:

cook the meatballs in the air fryer

Without preheating, cook at 180° for approximately 15-18 minutes, the time also varies depending on the size of the meatballs.

Halfway through cooking, shake and decide whether to add 1 more tablespoon of broth.

Here they are ready Meatballs in air fryer

Meatballs in air fryer


You can also keep them for the next day, perhaps heating them a little at the moment.

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Baked arancini (lighter, equally delicious!) – Gordon Ramsay’s version

Baked arancini - Recipe by Tavolartegusto

The Baked arancini I’m a light variant perfect for those who don’t want to fry of the classic Sicilian Arancini! They are made with the same typical reciperice stuffed with ragù with peas and caciocavallo in the center. They round out in your hands, then they are breaded to perfection, but in this case we cook them Baked rice balls for a result lighter but believe me equally delicious! Imagine them crispy on the outsidesuper tasty stringy!

Baked arancini - Recipe by Tavolartegusto

By now you know, often I enjoy revisiting the great classics in a lighter key; It was like this with the baked Mozzarella in carrozza, or with the baked cutlets, and I must say I satisfied everyone a little! This time I thought of transforming it into a light key Sicilian street food par excellence! I’m honest, I was a little skeptical, mainly I was afraid they wouldn’t keep their shape instead, thanks to the trick of cooling them in the fridge, they turned out baked arancini perfect! in taste, texture and even appearance! So much so that I even prepared them with leftover rice , and believe me they turned out even better because the mixture was more compact. Excellent hot freshly baked not only like appetizersbut also how first course, they are nice and substantial and are delicious even the next day. Simply heat them up a little to make the heart go stringy again.

Baked arancini recipe


Preparation Cooking Total
30 minutes 1 hour 1 hour and 30 minutes

Cost Kitchen Calories
Bass Italian 453 Kcal


Quantity for 10 pieces


How to make baked rice balls

First of all, boil the rice in plenty of water and salt, drain al dente and stir in the pan with butter and saffron. Then transfer to a baking tray to cool and compact well.

Then dedicate yourself to the ragù by chopping onion, celery and carrot, fry in oil, then add the minced meat and brown for 1 minute, then add the wine and let it evaporate.

Finally add the puree, bay leaf, cloves and cook for about 50 minutes. at the end of cooking it should be dense and creamy, add the peas and cook for another 10 – 15 minutes without crushing them.

Then remove the bay leaves and cloves, let them cool well and add the grated caciocavallo cheese and a pinch of salt. Leave aside to cool.

Rice and filling must be perfectly cold.

Formation of baked arancini

Take a handful of rice and round the shell with one hand, hollow out with the other, so as to have a concave for the filling:

how to make baked rice balls - Recipe by Tavolartegusto

Then add 2 teaspoons of ragu with peas and a piece of caciocavallo, then a teaspoon of rice on top and round with your hands. If you want to create the conical shape, follow the original version

At this point the trick for cooking arancini in the oven

Once you have made all the balls, place them in the fridge for 30 minutes so that they harden even better, this step will ensure that they do not open during cooking!

Finally when you prepare the breading. add flour and water to a bowl to form a batter. First pass them in this batter then dip them in the breadcrumbs, round them very well between your hands so that they will be very compact.

Then place on a baking tray previously lined with baking paper with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

arancini ready for cooking in the oven - Recipe by Tavolartegusto

Finally, cook in a very hot static oven at 180° in the middle part for about 25 minutes. Check halfway through cooking, turn them over and continue, if necessary add a few drops of oil.

Here are yours ready Baked arancini

baked arancini recipe - Recipe by Tavolartegusto


You can store them raw in the fridge ready to cook for 2 days or you can freeze them directly raw. If you have already cooked them, they will keep for the next day very well.

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