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 & Peas

What You Need:

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.


Pasta With Three Cheeses, Prosciutto and Peas

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Comments

  1. says

    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~ ~

  2. says

    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

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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???

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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!!

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    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!

  10. says

    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~~!

  11. says

    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!

  12. says

    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!!

  13. says

    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!

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