Monday, September 8, 2008

Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas

***This dish was delicious! I don't cook with prosciutto as much as I'd like to. The grocery store down the street doesn't always have it in stock, so I usually have to go to Whole Foods or The Fresh Market to get it....if I want good quality prosciutto, anyway! Brad isn't crazy about peas, but he actually liked this dish okay. The sauce is really great...but then again heavy cream always makes sauces***

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)

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.

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.


Joelen said...

This looks awesome! I don't cook with proscuitto as much as I'd like either but this is a great recipe for me to try when I pick some up next time!

Liz said...

I love this combination! I will have to try this-- I even have the cookbook. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

oooh! fetuccinni with peas is a big fave of mine. This looks GREAT!

Anonymous said...

This looks wonderful! I wish I could get prosciutto in my area.

brazen's crafts said...

thanks for sharing celeste, it was delicious!

jillian said...

I really wish that I had the ingredients on hand to make this for dinner tonight! This looks seriously good!

~Madeline~ said...

This is one of my very favorite pastas. I make a similar recipe from Mario Batalli that I absolutely go crazy for. Now you have me craving it!

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