Pasta with Three Cheeses, Prosciutto & Peas

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I gave in to pure indulgence today!  My husband is away on a guy’s weekend at a car race this weekend, and since I just can’t get into that, I stayed home for some “me” time.  But when it came time to prepare something to eat by myself, a friend of mine said “Make something that your husband normally wouldn’t eat and that you love!”  So I thought about what was in my frig and my pantry to use.  Hmmm!  Well, I just made Tres Leches cake, so I’ve got some cream left over.  I also have pasta, butter, eggs, and Parmesan cheese.

So I thought why don’t I splurge and make a pasta in a classic Alfredo sauce?  It’s such a simple sauce that can be made while the pasta is cooking.  Yes, hubby would eat it, but he prefers tomato sauces on his pasta rather than cream sauces.  So that’s what I jumped up from reading a book on the couch to do!

But this is not the original Fettuccine Alfredo recipe….. yes, that is the base from which I prepared this dish, but I made some adjustments that through time, I have grown to love.

I ADDED both Asiago and Fontina cheese to the recipe for some extra bite and flavor, and I added chopped prosciutto and peas into the creamy, buttery, decadent, heavenly sauce.  It was PERFECT! I haven’t made this recipe in 15 years since we had it on the menu at our restaurant back in the Midwest.  I first tasted this pasta dish when I lived in St. Louis, Missouri and my date took me to “The Hill”, the Italian neighborhood full of Italian restaurants, bakeries, and meat shops.  I fell in love with the cream sauce at first bite right then and there.  The only thing that was different then, was that it had little tortellini floating in the sauce and not just a plain pasta as this dish contains.  So when you really, really want to splurge, take some of your homemade tortellini and add it to this sauce.  Magnifico, to say the least!

Now and then, you can afford to splurge, but not daily, or even weekly with this high calorie and high fat dish.   But every once in a while, jump in, give in to a temporary indulgence, and just ENJOY!  (and then get on the treadmill tomorrow!)



Pasta with Three Cheeses, Prosciutto and Peas

4 Tbsp. High Quality Butter (I use European butter)
1-1/2 cups Heavy Cream
1 Tbsp. Sea Salt
1/2 pound Farfalle or Fettuccine pasta
2 egg yolks (I use jumbo size)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Regiano cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Fontina cheese
1/8 lb. Prosciutto, diced
1 cup Green Peas (frozen or fresh, but not canned)
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.  I add about a teaspoon of salt, but that is up to you.
Cook pasta for the length of time necessary for ‘al dente’ (about 7 – 10 minutes depending on the pasta shape).
Saute’ the butter in a large saucepan.
Add the cream.
Drain the pasta when it is finished cooking.
Pour the butter-cream sauce into the pasta.
Add the egg yolks, three (3) cheeses, and the pepper.
Add the diced prosciutto and peas.
Stir really well, so that all of the pasta is coated with the sauce, yolks, and the rest of the ingredients.
Cook for another minute or two so that the yolks are cooked.
Taste and add any salt and pepper that you desire for your preference level.
Serve immediately with additional grated cheese to pass around.
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Pasta With Three Cheeses, Prosciutto and Peas

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Comments

  1. oh, roz, i could dive headfirst into that bowl! enjoy your me time!

    anne
    http://www.anniebakes.net

  2. oh I adore pasta dishes like this good for you for treating yourself

  3. Oh geez Roz, this is fantastic! It’s almost midnight… Oh I want some pasta after seeing your yummy display.

  4. “Me time” is something I enjoy. My husband would love this dish. It look scrumptious. I can almost see you sipping in a glass of cold white wine… mmmmm. What a great dinner!

  5. This looks amazing! I just showed it to my husband and he agreed. I may to make it for him sometime. Thank you for sharing! Candace

  6. Hi Roz~ ~I’m so glad that you found me and that lead me back here to your lovely blog. I will be definately be trying some of your tried aND TRUE RECIPES. I am now a follower so I’ll be back often. I adore cooking too and your recipes look great and that cake Oh My! Gotta make it.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  7. Roz….I love your blog it is gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself! I’m looking forward to trying several of your recipes. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Denise

  8. Pasta! Anything that is pasta is always delicious. I always want to eat pasta, lasagna is the best! I am going to try this one.Thanks a lot!

  9. Oh my that dish looks so delish! I will have to make it this week on cheat day ;)

  10. This is so creamy and luscious to indulge yourself.

  11. looks wonderful! I never make cream sauces but I bet my kids would adore this!

    Here from boost my blog, happy weekend

  12. I really like the creaminess look on your pasta.

  13. Okay you have me drooling over here. I am a sucker for pasta but this creamy pea prosciutto pasta is just screaming my name. I have bookmarked it and look forward to trying this.

  14. I could eat pasta nearly everyday and THAT alfredo sauce does look good! Thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself!

  15. omg, i can feel the arteries constricting…lol.. gone are those days for me of rich sauces

  16. Gorgeous dish, and I love the cheese selections…delightful :)

  17. Greetings from Ireland! This looks like a hug in a bowl, you’re dead right to indulge! When i’m in a similar sitch, I don’t bother with the eggs, just plenty of grated parmesan stirred through warm pasta, a knob of butter and plenty of black pepper. Where would we be without pasta for comfort???

  18. I could eat a whole bowl of this (by myself). It looks delicious. Once in a while we all need some pasta to indulge in.

  19. Looks absolutely delicious and one that I know my family would love. But … I’m kind of tired right now, and think it would be oh-so-much better if you’d cook it for me and ship it to Chicago! ;)

    Love your recipes! Just LOVE them all!

  20. Yum. One of my favourites. Thanks for sharing. Sometimes the simple but out of the ordinary recipes really are the best.

  21. I think your husband and my husband would get along well(my husband also loves cars). I think you picked the perfect indulgence for enjoying some “me time”. To me there is nothing better than a sinfully creamy pasta dish! I love it!!

  22. This looks so yummy. I read ‘pears’ the first time and was totally intrigued but skeptical. Then read it a second time to see ‘peas’. I have pears on the brain these days.

  23. This pasta dish is the ultimate comfort food! Oh wow, my belly would be full and my soul satisfied.

    This was a perfect “me” dish. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I’m glad you got to indulge yourself with some “me food”. We all need that occasionally. Your pasta looks delicious!

  25. Simple, easy and elegant. The perfect way to pamper yourself.
    Mimi

  26. So creamy and absolutely delicious.

  27. Wow! You prolly get this alot, but I’m falling in love with your blog. Suddenly I’m craving the salad in your header picture and more and more cravings the more I read. Thanks for including recipes!

  28. Oh Roz, a woman after my own heart!

    A dish like this makes me weak at the knees! This is definitly going on the “must try” list for me!

    I LOVE your blog! I am signing up to follow you and I invite you to follow me back at Create With Joy!

    Hugs
    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

  29. I love this kind of pasta, yours looks exceptional, amazing creamy bow ties my favorite of dried pasta…thanks so much for stopping by my blog your site is phenominal~ wow~~!

  30. Lovely pasta Roz. Sometimes it’s nice to cook “just for yourself.”
    Sam

  31. So Creamy, the cheeses are my favorites! The saltiness of the ham, I am sold!

  32. Your pasta looks so creamy and rich! I love cheesy and creamy recipes! thanks for sharing!

  33. We just returned from Disney World and had a wonderful dinner at Tutto Italia. I was looking for a recipe similar to what I had and found yours! I made it for dinner tonight and it was amazing! thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Meals often get so boring and it’s fun to add something new! Love it!

  34. Loved this as did the husband! Next time I want to try to add chicken and try to make it a little more hearty of a meal. Would probably also work good with other add-in’s that you would like with a cheesy nooddle (ex: tuna, veggies, etc..). Very easy and super quick!!

  35. Well, I am a sucker for pasta but this creamy pea prosciutto pasta is just screaming my name.

  36. This is awesome. You prolly get this alot, but I’m falling in love with your blog. Suddenly I’m craving the salad in your header picture and more and more cravings the more I read. Thanks for including recipes!

  37. Your pasta looks so creamy and rich! I love cheesy and creamy recipes! thanks for sharing!

  38. I have fond memories at eating this in Istanbul at Necla and Kenan’s home.

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