Ham and Pea Bow Tie

Ham and Pea Bow Tie

Ham and Pea Bow Tie is a delicious recipe the whole family will love

Everyone knows finding a dish that pleases the entire family isn’t an easy task, but I took on that challenge and successfully won. Ham and Pea Bow Tie is a perfect option for anyone looking to try a new pasta dish. The kids will love the simplicity of the ingredients and is packed with flavor that adults crave. This dish can be a meal by it self or as a side with your favorite chicken and some delicious Dill Roasted Carrots. The next day I reheated the leftovers for my toddler and myself, boy was it just as tasty if not more the second day. Hopefully your family will have as much success with this delectable cheesy pasta as mine did.

For this dish I used a specific cheese that I love from Trader Joe’s, Unexpected Cheddar that has a creamy texture and smooth taste. The cheese is somewhat like an aged cheddar but with a hint of tang to it. If you do not use this specific cheese that is fine, but let me tell you how lovely this unexpected cheddar cheese pairs with the ham and peas, it’s like they were meant to be.

Ham and Pea Bowtie

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Ham and Pea Bow Tie

  • Author: Whisking Mama
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 24 mins
  • Total Time: 44 mins


  • 8 ounce of bow tie pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 12 garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 cups of grated unexpected cheddar cheese from Trader Joes or favorite white cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices of deli ham, diced into small pieces
  • 3/41 cup defrosted frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Bring large stock pot with salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente
  3. In a large sauce pan over medium heat to melt butter
  4. Sauté the garlic for 30 seconds in melted butter
  5. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper and cook continuously stirring until smooth
  6. Pour in milk a little at a time stirring constantly and bring to a boil for one minute
  7. Stir in mustard and grated cheddar cheese and cook stirring constantly until cheese is melted
  8. Remove from heat and add in defrosted peas and diced deli ham
  9. Adjust seasonings if needed adding more salt and pepper if needed
  10. Mix the bow tie pasta into the cheese sauce
  11. Transfer to oven safe bake ware and top with grated parmesan cheese
  12. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and hot
  • Category: Kids Food
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  1. What a great recipe for kids! I just wanted to let you know I have a website (Simply Creative Recipes) where I showcase recipes I find and I am linking to this post if you don’t mind. Please feel free to submit any recipes to my site if you’d like.

  2. Hi Trina,

    I think my picky son would love this! But he can be kinda picky about his pasta shapes…! I forget the Italian name for the pasta, but it looks like a wagon wheel. I’m wondering, since this pasta has less ‘surface area’ than the bow-ties, do you think I should use a bit more of it? Say maybe 20 ounces? Not that over-cheesy Mac-n-cheese is a bad thing….!

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