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Hi and thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Tina, I am 42 years old and married to a wonderful man named Robert. I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area with my husband and our two pugs, Koko and Lucy and a special kitty, named Trixie.

I am of Italian decent and love to cook not just for my family but for everyone! I have a lot of weeknight dinner guest and try to keep it casual but delicious! My Mom passed away a few years ago and was my great teacher.

In 2012 I have changed the way I eat. A real lifestyle change to be healthier, eat a nutrient dense diet and remove all processed foods, refined flours and sugars from our diet. I do cook a lot healthier than my Mom did and do a lot more vegetarian meals, poultry and fish. I'm trying to find a way to keep the traditions of family, friends and good food in my house always.

I plan to post my weekly menus, update with new recipes, health information and articles and how to eat mostly organic in an economical way. I will also periodically post personal updates of my journey to regain health and hope.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Three P Pasta - Pasta, Peas and Prosciutto

I was inspired to make this dish by Giada De Laurentis' show Everyday Italian. She made the peas and prosciutto as a side dish and I've made it as a side many times and everyone loves it. When you combine the sweetness of the peas and the savoriness of the prosciutto you get a mouthful of WOW. What I really love to do is make it a meal by adding pasta. My recipe is somewhat different but for Giada's recipe click HERE. This meal is also very quick & economical. A full meal that serves two big appetites, plus leftover for lunch the next day cost approximately $7.00 to make and 15 minutes from start to finish is a winner in my book. Pasta, Peas and Prosciutto
1/2 lb. pasta of choice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, sliced
1/2 lb. prosciutto, sliced thin and cut into ribbons
1 lb. package frozen peas
1/4 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese
Black pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a large skillet with about 3 Tbsp. olive oil saute onion until slightly translucent, add prosciutto and cook until crispy add garlic and brown slightly. Add in peas and cook until just hot. Add the cooked, strained pasta into mixture and toss together and cook for about 1 or 2 minutes until all combined. Serve hot with cheese.

TIP: Occasionally I make pasta, peas and prosciutto with an asiago cream sauce or alfredo sauce..it is really, really good but not as healthy for you.