Prosciutto, Peas, and Pasta in White Sauce

My husband made dinner last night. It’s been a little crazy here as I added a book edit to our already slightly busy life. Can I just take a moment to say I love my job, or should I say jobs? They just add a new level of crazy to our house. Thankfully my husband is pretty great around the house. When he was going through the refrigerator and said “We need to get this hunk of prosciutto used up. What were you planning to do with it?” He didn’t hesitate when I said I wanted to make prosciutto, peas, and pasta in a white sauce.

prosciutto, peas, and pasta in white sauce

I will likely never order this meal at a gourmet restaurant. Okay, maybe I will, once, just to see where we need to tweak this one to make it even better.  I know that technically it probably doesn’t have cheese in it but don’t mess with this family and our cheese. We do love our cheese. 

This meal was the perfect ending to a crazy week full of thrown together meals, and I will let my husband cook for me any day. He already makes a mean white cheese sauce. He follows a basic recipe for his white sauce. You can always skip the cheese if you want to have a plain white sauce .

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • Cheese – cheddar, colby, monterey jack, sartori, parmesan – whatever you want to add, however much you want to add, depending on the flavor you want.

Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Stir in flour and salt. Bring it to a bubble. Slowly add milk, 1 cup at a time, stirring well after each cup added. Stir often so it doesn’t scorch to the bottom until thickened.  Shred 4-8 ounces of cheese into the sauce and stir until melted.

  • In another pan he fried 1/4 inch  cubes of prosciutto.
  • Boil your pasta to al dente. We used Delallo Orzo Whole Wheat Pasta, and it was perfect.
  • Heat 12 ounces of peas.
  • Mix prosciutto and peas into white sauce.
  • Serve over pasta.


Heather McCurdy writes at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, where she provides easy, affordable recipes for busy families, allowing women to embrace the budget and spend more time with their families without the guilt of needing perfection.

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