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Lemony Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto

Give tortellini a boost: Instead of tomato sauce, add prosciutto, peas, and lemon zest for a surefire hit.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Lemony Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto

Source: Everyday Food, March 2009


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook tortellini until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Add peas to pot; drain pasta mixture, and set aside.

  2. In the same pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat; add prosciutto and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

  3. Add pasta mixture, pasta water, 1 tablespoon oil, and lemon zest and juice; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Reviews (5)

  • dspatz 3 Sep, 2011

    These directions don't make any sense to me. It says to add frozen peas to the pot after you drain the pasta and reserve the pasta water. Am I missing something?

  • sheryll_rufus 28 Jan, 2011

    I so love this dish! And I sometimes when very broke, I buy the dried Tortellini. I also, when I have the money buy fresh spinach and if I use sausage, I only buy the Butterball Turkey that has MUCH less fat in it and still so very tasty. Wonderful the original way and prefer it, but you know, we use what we have.

  • eva biondi 19 Jan, 2011

    Not bad! It was a tasty meal. I added a bit more olive oil and a bit less pasta water. I also used a mix of cheese tortellini and ricotta/spinach tortellini. Ill most likely make this again.

  • agl644 23 Nov, 2010

    Used sausage instead of prosciutto and threw in some fresh spinach at the end. Really tasty and very easy.

  • PaniniKathy 26 Feb, 2009

    Made this tonight and we loved it - great balance of the salty prosciutto, sweet peas, sour lemon and creamy cheese tortellini. Definitely a keeper!

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