This twist on split pea soup transforms all the flavors of the slow-cooked classic—carrots, celery, onions and smoky ham—into a quick-fix meal that’s on the table in just 30 minutes.
Recipe by Asha Loupy
In a large skillet, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced carrots, celery and onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to caramelize and turn a light golden color, about 8-10 minutes. Add the thyme and diced ham and continue to cook until the ham is heated through, about another 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.
While the vegetables are cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until the pasta is just al dente about 5 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving about half a cup of the pasta cooking water.
Return the vegetable and ham mixture to medium heat and add the drained pasta, butter and a quarter cup of the reserved pasta cooking liquid and toss to coat (if it’s looking a little dry, add another splash of the pasta cooking liquid). Season to salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the finished pasta to a warm serving bowl or individual serving bowls and serve with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for garnishing.