Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas

Everyday Food: Great Food Fast
and Celeste

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces fettuccine
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 8 slices prosciutto (about 4 ounces total), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise,
  • about 1 cup
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot.
    Meanwhile, make sauce: In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat; add shallot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add cream, peas, and prosciutto; bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Simmer until peas are heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Stir in lemon zest and juice. Pour sauce over pasta; add Parmesan, and season generously with salt and pepper. Add enough reserved pasta water to thin sauce as desired. Serve immediately; top with additional Parmesan, if desired.

Notes: I thought this was ok. Prosciutto, peas, cream, and pasta used to be my favorite pasta dish. I don't know why, but this wasn't anything too special. I did really enjoy the lemon zest, and the leftovers were surprisingly tasty the next day. It was a nice, quick weeknight meal. Serve with salad.

Liz's Rating: 8/10
Tim's Rating: n/a


Joelen said...

Looks delicious and fresh!

Maria said...

I love the color in this dish!

elly said...

Yours looks so beautiful! We have a similar dish to this every once in a while. I just love peas and prosciutto in pasta.

megan said...

I just found your blog via VeggieGirl and I love it! It's kind of funny, because I recently started a blog around the same theme - I try new meals, and my husband rates them! Check it out if you get a chance.

HaveShoesWillTravel said...

I'm sorry to read you were a little disappointed with this dish. Pasta, prosciutto and cream is one of my favorite so I'm definitely going to try it.

Linds said...

This looks beautiful, great color! I love the addition of peas in pasta.

Sara said...

This is such a classic flavor combination, looks like a delicious and easy meal!

Aubrey West said...

Your Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas looks better than what I've seen before. It really looks delicious and healthy too. Thanks for the healthy food recipes!