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Braised pea, lettuce and ham tagliatelle recipe

Braised pea, lettuce and ham tagliatelle recipe

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For a healthy twist on classic carbonara, try this pea and ham tagliatelle recipe. Romaine lettuce leaves are cooked with garlic and shallots until wilted, combined with ham hock, tagliatelle and peas, and topped with Parmesan and zesty lemon. Taking less than 30 minutes to make, this dinner idea for two is great for busy weeknights when you're pushed for time. See method

  • Serves 2
  • 10 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook
  • 448 calories / serving
  • Healthy


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 romaine lettuce heart (about 190g), trimmed and shredded
  • 60g shredded ham hock (from a 180g pack)
  • 150g dried tagliatelle
  • 75g frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan
  • ½ lemon, zested
If you haven't got tagliatelle, try using spaghetti or linguine

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    10g 15%
  • Saturates

    4g 19%
  • Sugars

    9g 10%
  • Salt

    0.8g 13%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 67.5g Protein 24.7g Fibre 7.1g


  1. Heat the oil in a large, lidded saucepan over a medium heat. Add the shallot; fry for 2-3 mins until soft. Stir through the garlic and lettuce and cook, covered, for 5-6 mins until the leaves have wilted. Stir in the ham and season with black pepper. Remove from the heat, cover and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle to pack instructions, adding the peas for the last 2 mins. Drain, reserving 100ml of the cooking water. Pour the pasta water into the lettuce mixture and reheat through before adding the tagliatelle and peas. Mix well, then serve topped with the Parmesan and lemon zest.

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