Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas
Prosciutto -- air-dried Italian ham -- combined with peas and Parmesan cheese is a classic pasta topping.
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- Servings: 4
Source: Everyday Food, June 2006
- 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.