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Orecchiette Pasta with Peas, Ham, and Cream

['1 pound orecchiette pasta', '3 tablespoons butter', '1 small white onion, diced, (about 1/2 cup)', '1/2 cup frozen or shelled fresh peas', '2 tablespoon water', '4 ounces cooked ham, cut into thin strips', '3/4 cup heavy cream', '1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese', 'Salt and pepper to taste', 'N/A pepper']

1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, warm 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. When the butter starts to bubble, add onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until translucent, stirring often.
3. Add the peas and water to the pan and cook 3 minutes, stirring. Stir in the ham and cook 2 minutes. Add the cream; bring to a low simmer and cook 5 minutes.
4. Drain pasta; place in large serving bowl. Stir remaining 2 tablespoons butter into the cream mixture over low heat until melted. Stir in the cheese. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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