Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bowties with Peas and Prosciutto

(quoted from My Tiny Kingdom-week of recipes)
  • 1/4 C olive oil (or less) (or add a little butter)
  • 1/2 C finely chopped onion (more or less)
  • 12 oz frozen peas
  • 6 oz prosciutto cut into strips (more or less)
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 LB bowtie pasta
  • 1 T olive oil or butter
  • fresh grated Parmesan (the real thing)
Saute the onion (in a skillet big enough to hold everything including the pasta at the end) in the oil or butter until lightly browned. Add the prosciutto and basil and saute until the prosciutto changes color. Add 2 cups of water to the pan to deglaze it (pour water in and stir everything around, scraping up the browned bits of stuff from the bottom of the pan so they’ll melt into the liquid). Add peas, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until peas are tender.

Meanwhile, boil a whole lot of water and cook your pasta. Drain it and add it to the prosciutto mixture and stir everything gently so the pasta soaks up some liquid. Put it on plates and top with FRESHLY GRATED REAL PARMESAN and pepper and enjoy.

Serve with bread and a salad or do like I do and serve alone and say, “Here’s dinner. Put your napkins in your laps and quit grabbing bowties with your fingers before we’ve said the blessing. After we’ve said the blessing I expect you to use a fork.”

Don’t go buying any fancy-schmancy prosciutto for this; the packaged brand is perfectly fine. The trick to this is cooking the onions slowly until they are barely browning, but if someone’s going to be late for soccer, by all means just crank up the heat and sear the hell out of the onions. It’ll still eat.

1 comment:

Kristine said...

I made this the other evening. Very tasty. I halved the recipe, and it probably made 4+ servings. If you're making the whole thing, use a BIG skillet. We used lots of parmesean.