Alex is having a small sleepover. I made roast chicken and bihon guisado (a no-meat version, actually, to go with the chicken) for a late lunch and I thought the leftovers would be enough for dinner. But Alex was craving for pasta. Having been baking all afternoon, I wasn’t inclined to make something that would require a lot of prepping. I wanted to indulge her but the pasta had to be fast and simple. And nothing can be simpler than this.
While the pasta was boiling, I cooked chopped onions and carrots in butter over low heat until the vegetables had softened a bit. I added chopped ham and sweet peas, poured in milk, added cream cheese, seasoned the mixture with salt and pepper then I let the sauce simmer just long enough to melt the cream cheese. I dumped in the cooked pasta, tossed everything together and Alex’s request was granted. No sweat on my part.