Hats and Peas, A Utica Favorite

Hats and Peas, A Utica Favorite
This creamy pasta dish is the perfect comfort food for a cold winter evening!
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Ingredients
  1. - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. - 2 tablespoons butter
  3. - 2 green onions, diced coarsely
  4. - 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  5. - 1/2 pound diced ham
  6. - 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. - 1/2 pound cooked orecchiette (hat-shaped pasta)
  8. - 1/4 cup dry white wine
  9. - 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  10. - 1/2 cup heavy cream
  11. - 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  12. - Juice of half a lemon
Instructions
  1. Sauté onions, bell pepper and ham in olive oil and butter in a four-quart Dutch oven. Cook until onions begin to wilt. Add garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.
  2. Add pasta, wine, Parmesan, and cream and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Add peas and lemon and cook for another minute or two.
  3. Garnish with shredded mozzarella and more grated Parm.
Notes
  1. Pair with Naked Chardonnay from Coyote Moon Vineyards.
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