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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
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.


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