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Creamy Farfalle Pasta

Creamy Farfalle with Proscuitto and Peas

Creamy Farfalle Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas is one of the easiest weeknight dinners to have in your recipe rotation! Only 8 ingredients and on the table in under 30 minutes, this basic cream sauce is a family favorite!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 lb farfalle pasta (bowtie) could substitute any short pasta
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced thin (could substitute ½ c jarred roasted peppers, chopped)
  • 6 slices prosciutto roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ t kosher salt
  • 6 grinds fresh black pepper
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1 c frozen peas
  • ½ c Parmesan cheese shredded


  • In a pot, set water to boil for pasta. When boiling, add a pinch of salt and cook according to package instructions, about 12 minutes. BEFORE draining, reserve a cup of the starchy pasta cooking water. A coffee cup works well for this.
  • Meanwhile, in the time it takes to cook the pasta, make the sauce. In a large round bottomed pan or pot, big enough to toss the pasta with the sauce, melt butter over medium heat. Saute bell pepper and prosciutto about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
  • Add cream and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer until the sauce starts to reduce and thicken and the pasta is ready, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the frozen peas, drained pasta, and Parmesan cheese to the sauce and mix well to combine with the burner still on low. Add in the pasta water a ¼ cup at a time as needed to reach the desired consistency, (total about ¼ to 1 cup). Turn off heat and serve with more Parmesan cheese and a side salad.


As the pasta sits, the sauce continues to thicken, add more pasta water as needed.  You may go back for a second helping and find you need to add a bit more.  You may end up adding anywhere between 1/4 to 1 full cup.  If you forget to save your pasta water, don't worry, you can also add a little more cream or milk if the pasta becomes too dry.  
Keyword cream sauce, easy pasta