Spaghetti with rocket, ham and lemon

    21 min

    We had some rocket lurking in the salad drawer which needed using soon and I didn't fancy a salad for dinner but was really craving some pasta. In this situation, if in doubt put these two ingredients together and you have a building block for a great mid-week supper. I thought about adding chicken and then decided against it as I really wanted the rocket to be the leader of the pack here. Instead I used sliced ham, not Parma, but your regular variety ham such as Yorkshire ham. Added some chilli for a kick and some lemon for some zesty freshness and set it all off with garlic, olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan.

    Samantha's Supper

    Kent, England, UK
    2 people made this

    Serves: 2 

    • 200g spaghetti
    • extra virgin olive oil, as needed
    • 2 slices Yorkshire ham, chopped
    • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, grated or crushed
    • 2 generous handfuls rocket
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • zest from 1 lemon
    • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:11min  ›  Ready in:21min 

    1. Cook the spaghetti in salted boiling water until al dente as instructed on the packet.
    2. Meanwhile, heat a small saucepan or frying pan with a little olive oil. Add the ham and cook gently for a minute until it has started to colour. Add the chilli and garlic and cook for another minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    3. Drain the pasta then mix with the ham mixture. Add the rocket and toss well. Season well and add enough olive oil to take the dryness away but don't drench it. Just a light coating.
    4. Plate up and sprinkle over the lemon zest and cheese. Serve.

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