- Boil a large pot of water. Add pasta and cook until just tender, about 6 to 8 min. Add peas for last 2 min of pasta cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water. Drain and rinse pasta and peas. Return pasta and peas to the cooking pot.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low. Add onion and cook until tender, about 3 min. Stir in flour. Cook until lightly golden, about 1 min. Slowly whisk in milk. Add bay leaf. Heat until slightly thickened and bubbly. Add ham. Pour over pasta and peas, discarding bay leaf. Add salt, parsley and lemon juice. Stir until evenly mixed and hot, about 2 more min. If pasta is dry, stir in reserved water.
“It was a nice home-cooked meal without too much work. My 19-month-old daughter really enjoyed it, too. Peas and all! The lemon at the end really brightened up the dish.” Lindsay Grant, Saint John, New Brunswick .
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