Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pasta with Prosciutto and Mushroom Cream Sauce

Is there anything better in this world than a creamy pasta, honestly? This dish was a hit with the whole family. The mushrooms and prosciutto made a wonderful combination with the tender angel hair. The only downside to this recipe is that is calls for store-bought sauce (a light Alfredo sauce). Usually I prefer to make my own, but since i didn't have the time to research a lighter white sauce, this worked out just fine. I used Ragu's light Alfredo sauce and it was surprisingly delicious. This was also my first time using sun dried tomatoes in a recipe (I'm actually becoming increasingly surprised at how many things I HAVEN'T tried yet). They were so chewy, and added a really rich flavor to the sauce. Try this recipe out and be sure to get back to me!

Pasta with Prosciutto and Mushroom Cream Sauce

Found in Taste of Home, April/May 2009 Healthy edition


1 9 oz package angel hair pasta
1 8 oz pkge white mushrooms, quartered (I sliced them, no biggie)
1/4 cup julienne sun dried tomatoes (I got the dry pack, not the ones in oil)
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 5 cloves)
2 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, sliced cross ways into 1/2 inch strips
1/2 cup dry white wine, or chicken broth (I used the broth, the very smell of white wine has me dry heaving and running for the door, don't ask)
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 cup baby frozen peas, thawed
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 10-oz container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
1/4 cup preshredded Parmesan cheese


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.

2. While pasta cooks, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms, and saute 5 minutes, or until tender. Add sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and prosciutto; saute 2 minutes. Add wine and broth; bring to a boil. Boil 3 minutes, or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in peas, pepper, Alfredo sauce, and pasta; toss gently to coat.

3. Spoon pasta into individual bowls, and sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

Serves 6: 1 serving is 1 cup pasta and 1 tablespoon cheese.

Per serving: 269cal, 7.9g fat, 15.4g prot, 34.1g carb, 2.5g carb, 2.5g fiber, 49mg chol, 621mg sod.

Points per Serving: 6

ALSO, a good Philly phriend of mine just started her own food blog. She's already got a totally mouthwatering recipe for a berry french toast that you must check out (and try, seriously, amazing french toast). Her blog is at Spunky Girl Eats, so stop by her blog and say hi!


Heidi said...

Creamy pasta... yum. I've never had proscuitto before. What could you compare it to flavor wise?

Pam said...

Mmmm. There isn't much better than creamy pasta - it looks mouth watering good.

teresa said...

Heidi, prosciutto is a really thinly sliced, cured ham. It's got a strong salty flavor to it, so you don't need a lot at all. Most grocery stores carry it in their deli section. Definitely give it a try, it's a great ingredient.

Gianina said...

This looks really yummy! The picture makes my mouth water. :-D I love creamy pasta!

Rebekah said...

this look so yummy!!!!! i'm all about a good pasta dish!

girlichef said...

I'd have to say that there are NOT many things much better than a creamy pasta sauce. This looks divine...anything w/ prosciutto & cream HAS to be :)

MaryBeth said...

I love the sound of your creamy husband loves his mushrooms so I know he would be all over this dish.

Ingrid said...

Since I started blogging I've come to realize there are a million things I haven't tried, easily!

Your right about creamy pasta nu much better especially when mushrooms are added! :-)

The Miller Family said...

Mmmmm! I'm definitely trying this puppy! I'm in love with every ingredient! I love you Teresa with your little shout out! You rock my socks off! I better crank out some more recipes fast!

Coleen's Recipes said...

This sounds delicious!!!

Donna-FFW said...

teresa.. this sounds absolutely delicious, creamy pasta is one of my best friends.. I am off to check your friends blog out.. any friend of yours is one of mine:)

Netts Nook said...

Teresa: This looks so good and low cal to beat can't wait to try.

Cathy said...

Hi Tereas - Thanks so much for your recent visit. Its a pleasure to meet you. Looks like you've got some excellent recipes here. I've got my eye on your stuffed peppers.

Hope you will come back for another visit soon.