Apr 23, 2018

Orecchiette with Snow Peas and Prosciutto

This is an adaptation of a dish that I had a number of years ago in a small trattoria in Parma, Italy. I recall that tender young fresh peas were used, so use them if possible.



In a sauté pan or skillet large enough to hold all of the pasta after it has been cooked, warm the olive oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the garlic and tomatoes. Cook and stir for 4 minutes. Add the chicken broth and the peas. Reduce the heat and simmer until the peas are tender - about 10 minutes. (If using frozen peas, simmer for only 2 minutes.) Take the pan off the heat.

Pour 4 quarts of water into a large pot. Bring the water to a boil. Add 2 tsp of salt to the water. Plunge the pasta into the pot and stir at once, and again while it is cooking. Cook the pasta until it is al dente. Drain well and add the pasta to the sauté pan. Add the prosciutto and the basil. Toss to combine. Divide the pasta among four heated pasta bowls. Sprinkle an equal amount of cheese over each serving.

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