Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas

by Marla on June 4, 2012 · 35 comments

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This pasta recipe happened when I was working on a gazillion other things. Do you know how that goes? I bet you do. Basically I put myself up for a challenge that looked like this:

The final day of shooting the Cooking With Trader Joe’s | Easy LunchBoxes cookbook. I had 5 lunch boxes ready to be shot. All of a sudden the urge hit to see how quickly I could come up with a scrumptious pasta dish for dinner. Well that idea turned into a photo shoot. How could I resist taking gobs of photos of spring peas, prosciutto, cheese and pasta? Had to do it all.

Let’s celebrate busy lives and great flavors with Spring Peas & Prosciutto Pasta!

Prosciutto Slices on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Do you like prosciutto? I sure do hope so. It adds great amounts of flavor to this dish.

This is well rounded enough to serve for family dinners. It would also be great to serve as an elegant main course for dinner parties. Versatile meals are the best huh!

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Chilled this recipe dubs as a pasta salad. Hot it is comfort food extraordinaire! *Light comfort food

I mean who could resist all this shaved cheese, salty prosciutto and lip smacking pasta?! Not us. No way.

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

The petit baby peas add a little touch of sweetness to this recipe.

This pasta would be great served hot or cold. Bring it to a picnic or pack it in your lunchbox.

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

My daughter has two favorite pastas (both of which go really well with this dish) ~ Lemon Pepper Fettuccine & Spinach Basil Garlic Fettuccine. You can find similar ones at Trader Joe’s.

She has me make some as often as she can convince me too.

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Be sure to add a few squeezes of fresh zesty lemon juice. This sauce pairs particularly well with pappardelle, linguine, spaghetti and fettuccine. A nice long strand pasta.

Also don’t forget some shaved cheese. We love firm Pecorino Romano and Parmesan.

Pasta with Prosciutto, Peas and Cheese on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Do you have any favorite pasta recipes that have won your heart lately? If so, tell us about them in your comments.

Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Spring Pasta with Prosciutto & Peas


  • 4 to 8 ounces of your Favorite Pasta, cook according to package directions
  • a few splashes Garlic Olive Oil
  • 2 ounces Prosciutto
  • 3 ounces Baby Peas
  • a handful of Arugula
  • splash of Lemon Juice
  • fine Sea Salt, to taste
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
  • shaved Cheese such as Pecorino Romano


  • Prepare pasta and set aside. Trim fat from edges or prosciutto and cut into bite sized pieces.
  • In a large sauté pan add some garlic olive oil, heat over medium high heat. Add arugula and heat until just wilted about 1-2 minutes. Add peas and prosciutto. Heat for a few seconds.
  • Remove pan from heat and toss pasta with the mixture. Add more oil if needed. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with some shaved Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.
  • Notes
  • We like to go pasta light sauce heavy. So just a few ounces of pasta works for us (4 ounces) If you like more make the 8 ounces.

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife June 4, 2012 at 6:32 am

I just recently started using prosciutto and I agree that is does add something special to a dish! Love the photos! And Recipe!


2 Marla June 4, 2012 at 6:38 am

Thanks Angie! Prosciutto is irresistible (and irreplaceable) once you start using it!


3 Maria June 4, 2012 at 6:38 am

Love the peas:)


4 Rosa June 4, 2012 at 6:44 am

A gorgeous pasta dish! So tasty. I love it.




5 Antonia @ healthinspirations June 4, 2012 at 6:56 am

I love prosciutto and the thought of having it with a lovely pasta dish makes me want to start cooking right away. I really hope you’ll be sharing some of your trader joe’s lunch box pics. I know I comment on it almost every time I come here but your photography is gorgeous :)


6 Marla June 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Antonia – love you girl!!! As we get closer to the publish date (end of summer) I will share some of the TJ’s photos. Building up all of this suspense is FUN! I do hope they live up to your expectations.
So glad you like this pasta recipe too!


7 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch June 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

Gorgeous pasta, Marla!


8 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] June 4, 2012 at 8:20 am

Looks fantastic! I love the combo of prosciutto and peas.


9 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

oh marla, i am SERIOUSLY drooling over here! i love the combo of prosciutto and peas – salty and sweet!


10 shelly (cookies and cups) June 4, 2012 at 9:11 am

I love this recipe! Pinned for dinner :)


11 Stephanie June 4, 2012 at 9:19 am

Who doesn’t love prosciutto? I love anything wrapped in it, hehe


12 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

You shot FIVE recipes in one day…and you decide to make something else AND shoot it…”just” for your blog. Okay, I need those bursts of energy :)

And as always, amazing images. And you have PERFECT lighting (in addition to crazy amazing talent!)


13 Marla June 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

Love you girl!!! Thanks for your exuberance :) Always makes me happy when you stop by!!


14 Talia @ Bite Size Wellness June 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

I just stumbled upon your blog and I am in love! Awesome recipes. I can’t wait to keep coming back for more.
This spring pasta is perfect for a patio meal!


15 Kitchen Belleicious June 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

simply gorgeous and refreshing! I love anything with bright fresh peas in it!


16 Paula- bell'alimento June 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Prosciutto & Peas are magical together!


17 the wicked noodle June 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I adore prosciutto!! This dish looks so lovely. I always get dreamy-eyed when I look at your gorgeous photos, too!


18 Lucy June 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

this looks so delicious to me right now – can you send a bowl down the internet to me please!


19 Angie June 4, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Thank you Marla!! I was sittIng at school waitin to pick up my son thinking “what can I make for dinner?”. Ugh.
I go to your blog and voila!!! There it is!!!
Dinner, fast , easy and yummy. You saved the day.
PS love your linens. Feels like summer!!


20 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes June 4, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Looks great! I love great, quick pasta meals like this. I hear Trader Joe’s is finally coming to Utah in September. Can’t wait!


21 Rikki June 5, 2012 at 7:15 am

This is such a bright and beautiful meal, mm mmmm mm! I absolutely love prosciutto, it looks incredible with the pasta and peas. Perfect dinner!


22 aida mollenkamp June 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

Marla — I love the addition of the arugula for a spicy peppery note!


23 Marla June 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

Thanks Aida! As much as I tend to shy away from arugula, it shines in this recipe!


24 Luciana June 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

What an amazing pasta recipe! Love the peas and prosciutto.


25 Bev Weidner June 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Yes. A billion times, YES.


26 Katie {EpicureanMom.com} June 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

So very stunning marla!! I love this!!


27 Tickled Red June 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

I have been drooling over this since I saw it on Pinterest the other day…DELISH! 😀


28 Kristina Vanni June 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

This looks great! I love the garlic olive oil! So simple and perfect for a summer night!


29 Esi June 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Love the spring peas in this pasta


30 Sweetsugarbelle June 12, 2012 at 4:42 am

This Isn’t calling my name. It’s screaming at me begging to be eaten! Wow


31 Marla June 12, 2012 at 6:13 am

“Screaming?!” LOVE that!


32 LP @dishclips June 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm

This pasta dish looks great. I love prosciutto, but it is a pricey meat. Is it possible to substitute it with bacon or salami?


33 Marla June 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

You can go ahead and try those. What about a thinly sliced ham? That might be the closest to the prosciutto :)


34 jenna June 26, 2012 at 7:18 am

Would it work fine if I use mushrooms instead of peas? I’m making it for someone who doesn’t like peas.


35 Marla June 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Sure Jenna! That sounds like a great idea!


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