Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Heat the oven to 500 degrees.
Cut the ham into long, 1/2 inch wide strips, then cut across to make a 1 to 1 1/2 inch long pieces (should equal about 1 cup). Toss in a large mixing bowl. Add the peas, Pecorino Romano, 1/2 cup of the Parmesean, cream and salt. Mix together. Add just enough grated nutmeg for a good whiff to reach your nose. You want to flavor the cream very discreetly. Fold into the mixture and add more salt if necessary.
Generously salt the boiling water and drop in the pasta. Cook, stirring often, for 4 minutes. The pasta will be parboiled and hard to eat; it cooks further in the oven. Drain the pasta, reserving one cup of the water, and transfer the pasta to the mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup pasta water and toss again. There should be abundant liquid surrounding the pasta. Add more water if it looks too dry or too thick.
Transfer the pasta and its sauce to a large shallow baking dish. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (check half way through the baking time and drizzle with more pasta water if necessary), until bubbly hot with a slight browning on some of the pasta. Serve right away with the remaining Parmesan passed at the table.
An amazing pasta to use which really complements this dish is Campanelle but pasta shells or penne work great. Substitutions can be made for some ingredients but following the recipe will make this dish come out AMAZING!
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (184g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 256 (49%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 28.5g||38 %|
|Saturated Fat 16.1g||80 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 6.9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.6g|
|Cholesterol 160mg||49 %|
|Sodium 630.3mg||22 %|
|Potassium 226mg||6 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 47.2g||14 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4 %|
|Sugars, other 46.2g|
|Protein 22.4g||32 %|
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Calories per serving: 526
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