Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Triple "P" pasta

As much as I love making pasta from scratch, there are occasions (more often than not for me at the moment!) when something quick and easy is called for. On my Sunday afternoon walk, some beautifully thin slices of prosciutto caught my eye in a local delicatessen. Together with some pantry basics, fresh herbs from the garden and frozen (yes, I am realistic!) peas, my beloved and I enjoyed a fragrant and delicious meal....

....and you can too!

Quick and easy triple "P" (prosciutto, pea and parmesan) pasta 
Serves 4 
1 packet of fettuccine or other pasta (store bought)
1-2 cups of frozen peas
3tbs olive oil
1/2 cup chicken stock
6-8 thin slices of prosciutto
2-3 cloves garlic
1 bird's eye chili 
herbs from the garden (I used flat leaf parsley, basil and oregano)
a generous handful of good quality parmesan to serve

Boil pasta until al dente. Drain.
While pasta is draining (can you tell I'm a fan of minimal washing up?), heat olive oil in pot. 
Because you're awesome at multitasking (I knew it!), defrost peas in microwave.
Add crushed garlic and chili to pot, followed by prosciutto.
After a couple of minutes, add the peas and stock to the mix. Allow to cook for a few minutes before throwing in a couple of generous handfuls of fresh herbs.
The mixture may appear to be a little runny at this point, but don't you worry - it'll coat the pasta just perfectly!
Return drained pasta to pot and stir sauce through well.
Serve immediately and top with parmesan and cracked black pepper. 

Best enjoyed with a glass of vino...or two!


  1. that looks delicious!!! I wouldn't mind giving that a go.

  2. Thanks, Laura - I'd love it if you had a go - definitely put some pictures up on your blog/email me to let me know if you do! :)