Pasta with Peas, Prosciutto and Cream Recipe

Pasta with Peas, Prosciutto and Cream


  • Fettucini or your favorite pasta. (I usually make with¬†Basic Ricotta Gnocchi)
  • 1/4 lb fresh shelled peas or a 10 oz package of frozen tiny peas, thawed
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 oz prosciutto, cut into thin strips from a 1/4 inch thick slice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese

How to make Pasta with Peas, Prosciutto and Cream

If using fresh peas, cook them in boiling, salted water, until tender. If using frozen peas, thaw them. Drain and set aside.

Pour 4 quarts of water into a large saucepan or pot and place over high heat.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over a medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until it has softened and turned a rich golden color. Add the prosciutto and continue cooking, stirring: 1-2 minutes.


Raise the heat to medium-high and add the cooked fresh peasor the thawed frozen ones. Season lightly with salt and black pepper (remembering that the prosciutto is already salty) and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes.

Pour in the cream and cook, stirring frequently, until it has reduced by half. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.

When the water for the pasta is boiling, and the sauce is off the heat, add 1 tablespoon of salt to the boiling water and drop in the pasta all at once, stirring well.

When the pasta is cooked al dente, drain it and toss it with the sauce, adding the grated cheese. Taste for salt and serve at once.

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