Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas

by Marla on June 4, 2012 · 35 comments

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This pasta recipe happened when I was working on a gazillion other things. Do you know how that goes? I bet you do. Basically I put myself up for a challenge that looked like this:

The final day of shooting the Cooking With Trader Joe’s | Easy LunchBoxes cookbook. I had 5 lunch boxes ready to be shot. All of a sudden the urge hit to see how quickly I could come up with a scrumptious pasta dish for dinner. Well that idea turned into a photo shoot. How could I resist taking gobs of photos of spring peas, prosciutto, cheese and pasta? Had to do it all.

Let’s celebrate busy lives and great flavors with Spring Peas & Prosciutto Pasta!

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Do you like prosciutto? I sure do hope so. It adds great amounts of flavor to this dish.

This is well rounded enough to serve for family dinners. It would also be great to serve as an elegant main course for dinner parties. Versatile meals are the best huh!

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Chilled this recipe dubs as a pasta salad. Hot it is comfort food extraordinaire! *Light comfort food

I mean who could resist all this shaved cheese, salty prosciutto and lip smacking pasta?! Not us. No way.

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

The petit baby peas add a little touch of sweetness to this recipe.

This pasta would be great served hot or cold. Bring it to a picnic or pack it in your lunchbox.

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

My daughter has two favorite pastas (both of which go really well with this dish) ~ Lemon Pepper Fettuccine & Spinach Basil Garlic Fettuccine. You can find similar ones at Trader Joe’s.

She has me make some as often as she can convince me too.

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Be sure to add a few squeezes of fresh zesty lemon juice. This sauce pairs particularly well with pappardelle, linguine, spaghetti and fettuccine. A nice long strand pasta.

Also don’t forget some shaved cheese. We love firm Pecorino Romano and Parmesan.

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Do you have any favorite pasta recipes that have won your heart lately? If so, tell us about them in your comments.

Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas

Ingredients

  • 4 to 8 ounces of your Favorite Pasta, cook according to package directions
  • a few splashes Garlic Olive Oil
  • 2 ounces Prosciutto
  • 3 ounces Baby Peas
  • a handful of Arugula
  • splash of Lemon Juice
  • fine Sea Salt, to taste
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • shaved Cheese such as Pecorino Romano

Method

  • Prepare pasta and set aside. Trim fat from edges or prosciutto and cut into bite sized pieces.
  • In a large sauté pan add some garlic olive oil, heat over medium high heat. Add arugula and heat until just wilted about 1-2 minutes. Add peas and prosciutto. Heat for a few seconds.
  • Remove pan from heat and toss pasta with the mixture. Add more oil if needed. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with some shaved Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.
  • Notes
  • We like to go pasta light sauce heavy. So just a few ounces of pasta works for us (4 ounces) If you like more make the 8 ounces.
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