Recipe 13: Pasta sauce

A pasta sauce with smoked ham, corn, leek and creme fraiche

Swedish pasta sauce with ham and corn

Another recipe from the old cookbook from Småland. I guess this pasta sauce felt a bit “exotic” at the time since it contains corn, but today I guess it would pass as something to cook any day of the week. The rating I would give this one is a 3+. It’s OK, but nothing amazing really. It works on a day when you want to whip together something while your pasta is boiling.
Ingredients for pasta sauce

Pasta sauce

Cooking time including preparations: ca 20 minutes
Portions: 4


  • 1 leek
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 (small) can of corn
  • 1 can creme fraiche (200-250 ml)
  • 150 g smoked ham
  • 1/2 dl milk
  • 1-2 tbsp chives
  • salt
  • cayenne pepper


Shredding leek -
Shred the leek and press the garlic. Fry on low to medium heat for a few minute to make it soft.
Adding ham to leek -
Dice the ham (or buy ham that is already diced) and add to the leek and garlic.
Adding corn to pasta sauce -
Add the corn.
Adding creme fraiche to pasta sauce -
Add the creme fraiche and the milk.
Adding cayenne pepper to pasta sauce -
Sprinkle over some cayenne pepper.
Simmering pasta sauce -
Allow it all to simmer for a few minutes. Taste it to see if extra salt is needed. Cut the chives and add in the end.
Swedish pasta sauce served with penne rigate.
Serve with freshly cooked pasta. We used penne rigate.

Here is the original recipe:
Recept pastasås med rökt skinka, majs och purjolök

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