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Prosciutto Pasta with Peas and Parmesan Cheese

Prosciutto Pasta with Peas and Parmesan Cheese - simple and quick recipe, only 30 minutes from start to finish.  This easy, delicious, and very Italian pasta makes a perfect weeknight dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Prosciutto Pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 527kcal
Author Julia


  • 8 oz pasta penne
  • 1 cup green peas frozen
  • 3 oz prosciutto
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper ground or freshly cracked
  • 1 cup Parmesan shredded
  • teaspoon salt to taste


  • Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente.  During the last 5-7 minutes of cooking, add frozen peas and continue boiling both the pasta and frozen peas for 5-7 more minutes.  Drain.  Reserve ½ cup pasta water.
  • Tear prosciutto into smaller pieces.
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter on medium heat. Add the torn prosciutto and stir to coat it with butter, for about 1 minute.  Add black pepper.  Add another 2 tablespoons of butter and stir until melted.
  • To the skillet with butter and prosciutto add drained cooked pasta with peas.    Sprinkle ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese evenly over pasta.  Stir everything together on medium heat until the cheese melts.  If needed, add a small amount of pasta water (about ¼ cup) - but you might not need to.  
  • Season with salt, if needed.  Serve immediately, topped with the remaining ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese


Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 719mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Vitamin C: 14.5mg | Calcium: 320mg | Iron: 1.6mg