In the spring when days get warmer but nights are still cool, my favorite meals are comforting and warm with light, fresh flavors. Salty ham and sweet tender peas are a classic seasonal combination. In the recipe below they come together with playful bow-tie pasta in a thick cheesy sauce. Think of this as a sophisticated take on mac n’ cheese.
The mild taste of Swiss provides a subtle cheese flavor that won’t overpower the delicacy of dill and the sweetness of the peas. Havarti would also work beautifully here. With just 15 minutes of prep, this dish packs all of the components of a satisfying meal—meat, veggies, pasta, and cheese—into one delicious casserole.
Pro Tip: Feel free to replace the peas—or add to them—with other spring vegetables. Asparagus, sugar snap peas, or diced carrots are all delicious options.