Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pasta With Prosciutto & Peas.

This is the fifth recipe from my online cooking club. Another quick, delicious & fresh tasting dish! Plus I'm a sucker for a creamy lemony sauce!

I'd like to point out that the labels below aren't wrong, it does say both vegetarian and ham to identify the same recipe. I wasn't going to use prosciutto because I didn't have any and didn't feel like going to the store. But we ran out of milk and some other stuff so I decided I'd get some while I was there. I put the prosciutto in my basket and am almost positive I put it on the counter, but when I got home there was no prosciutto & I hadn't been charged for it either. Very tonight's dinner is without prosciutto and therefore vegetarian.

I'm also submitting this, although last minute, into Ruth of Once Upon A Feast's wonderful blogging event Presto Pasta Night, hosted this week by Michelle of Greedy Gourmet. Check out the round-up tomorrow for some delicious pasta dishes.

I served the pasta with salad and my new favorite, which I'm calling make-do garlic herb bread. I spread a little bit of butter on some leftover hot dog buns and sprinkled with fresh herbs (basil & marjarom) and topped with a bit of mozzarella cheese. Put in the oven on 350-400 until cheese is melted and bread is slightly browned & toasted.

Pasta with prosciutto and peas

coarse salt
fresh ground pepper
12 oz fettuccine
1 tbsp butter
1 large shallot, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 pkg (10 oz) frozen peas, thawed
8 slices prosciutto (4 oz total), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise (1 cup)
1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving (optional)

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

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce: in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat; add the shallot and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the cream, peas, and prosciutto; bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the peas are heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. pour the sauce over the pasta; add the Parmesan, and season generously with salt and pepper. Add enough of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce as desired. Serve immediately; top with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Yield: 4
Source: Martha Stewart Everyday Food: Great Food Fast

My thoughts: I used whole wheat penne instead of fettuccine, on the advice of a few who'd already made the recipe. I used minced garlic instead of the shallot and had a bag of peas & carrots, so I went with that instead of just plain peas. I put in more heavy cream than called for and used the juice of one whole lemon. The addition of crushed red pepper added some nice heat to the dish.


Joelen said...

This pasta looks great! Proscuitto and peas are a great pair in any pasta dish. I love your garlic hot dog buns. We've done that too with leftover buns from cookouts!

Michelle said...

I think the shopping mystery has happened to a lot of people. Especially when you unpack and you were really excited about a new ingredient you bought and after all the bags are empty you only discover the item is nowhere! Very annoying and makes you think you're going senile. :-)

Ruth Daniels said...

You're not alone with the pesky little food stealing imps at the grocery store! It couldn't be us, after all!!!

Thanks for sharing a great dish with Presto Pasta Night. With or without the porscuitto, it sounds delicious.