Pasta Ribbons with Peas, Prosciutto, Cream and Spring Pesto

Pasta Ribbons with Peas, Prosciutto, Cream and Spring Pesto
  • 4Servings


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound curly-edged, long-cut pasta, such as riccia, or long, wide pasta


  • About 3 tablespoons pine nuts or sliced almonds
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves (a few handfuls)
  • About 1/2 cup fresh tarragon leaves
  • About 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (a heavy handful)
  • 2 cloves garlic, pasted or finely grated
  • About 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • A handful grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
  • About 1/4 cup EVOO


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound thick-cut prosciutto, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 10 ounce box frozen organic sweet peas
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it and add the pasta. Cook to al dente; drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. While the pasta is working, lightly toast the pine nuts for the pesto.

Combine the pesto ingredients, including the toasted nuts, in a food processor and pulse into a paste.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add the shallot and stir for a couple of minutes. Add the prosciutto and stir for a minute more, then add the peas and stir to heat through. Stir in the wine (or stock) and cook to reduce, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the cream and season the sauce with salt and pepper. Lower the heat; let bubble and thicken for a few minutes.

Toss the pasta with the cream sauce and the pesto, using a splash of the reserved cooking water to loosen if desired. Pass extra cheese at the table.