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Pasta with Leeks, Peas, and Prosciutto


Spring into summer with this seasonal twist on a spaghetti supper. Just boil, toss, and top with shavings of cheese.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2007


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium leeks (6 to 8 ounces each), white and light-green parts only, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces, well rinsed
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces (about 1/4 cup) thinly sliced prosciutto cut into thin strips
  • 2 ounces (about 1/3 cup) ricotta salata or Parmesan cheese shaved with a vegetable peeler


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot.

  2. While pasta is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium. Add leeks; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add peas; cook, stirring, until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. To drained pasta, add leek mixture, remaining 3 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, and prosciutto; season with salt and pepper. Add reserved pasta water a little at a time, tossing, until a thin sauce coats pasta. (You may not need all the water.) Serve, sprinkled with ricotta salata.

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