Penne panna prosciutto e piselli

I wish you could hear Marco say the name of this dish! It’s a fast, tongue-twister sounding collection of words that tantalizes with fun and frivolity. Translated, it means “pasta in the penne shape-cream-ham-peas”. The prosciutto is short for prosciutto cotto. As you know, prosciutto is a cured meat that is uncooked, so, the Italian for ham literally means “cooked prosciutto“.  

Actually, you get to hear him say it by clicking the play button below:


This is a classic Italian dish that you’ll find in almost any Trattoria. It’s a plate of pasta that will appeal to most kids and adults with your favorite roasted ham flavor, the mild taste of peas, sweet spice of shallots and the creamy goodness of panna. It’s quick to make for a weeknight meal, a family lunch, or, tasty enough to impress your guests for a weekend first course or a main with a side salad.

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • penne 280 g
  • olive oil
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1 cup of cubed ham
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. heat the olive oil on medium heat and sauté the shallots till lightly brown
  2. add the peas and 1/4 cup of cooking water and let it simmer for a few minutes
  3. add the ham and saute for a couple of minutes
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  5. add the cream and let it simmer till the sauce is creamy
  6. drain the past and combine it with the sauce
  7. sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired

Buon appetito!

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