Pasta with prosciutto and green peas in marinara sauce recipe

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An Italian pasta dish using prosciutto and peas cooked in a marinara sauce. This recipe is delicious and easy to do and can be ready in 15 minutes.
Preparation time: 5 minutes, Cooking time: 10 minutes, Serves: 4 


For the Marinara sauce
2 large fresh tomatoes, peeled and grated or 1 can of peeled tomatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, mashed
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes or to taste
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

6 slices of prosciutto, chopped
2 cups frozen peas (you can use fresh ones if you like)
9-10 fresh basil leaves, shredded

1 lb penne, fusili or similar type of pasta
Grated Parmesan cheese


Start cooking the pasta, al dente, according to instructions on the package.

To make the Marinara sauce, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, until the onion is transluscent. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Take care not to burn the garlic. Add the tomatoes, bring to a boil and simmer for 7-8 minutes. Add the frozen of fresh peas and cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes or as needed, until the peas cook through. Taste and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

When the pasta is ready, drain and pour into the saucepan. If the saucepan is too small to hold the pasta, return the pasta to the cooking pot and pour over the sauce. Add the prosciutto and shredded basil and toss until all ingredients are well blended and the prosciutto and basil are heated through.

Serve in individual dishes, drizzle some more olive oil and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes and tips

If you cannot find prosciutto you can use ham instead. The taste is not exactly the same but it is a good alternative.
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Step by Step instructions for Pasta with prosciutto and green peas in marinara sauce

Step 1

Adding the frozen peas to the marinara sauce
Cook the marinara sauce according to the instructions above. Marinara sauce is basically a tomato based sauce cooked with olive oil and usually including onion, garlic, herbs and spices. When the Marinara sauce is ready, stir in the frozen peas and cook until they are heated through.

Step 2

Add the fusili to the sauce
When the pasta is cooked, drain, add to the marinara and peas sauce and stir well until ingredients are well blended.

Step 3

Add the prosciutto and basil leaves
Add the prosciutto pieces and shredded fresh basil leaves and toss again. This will heat through the prosciutto and basil.

Step 4

Serving the pasta
Serve in individual dishes and drizzle some more olive oil on top.

Step 5

Finishing the dish
Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and more basil leaves, whole or shredded


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