Tip:Use a sharp vegetable peeler to get those perfect Parmigiano shavings on top.
Put a pot of water on to boil. Salt it well and boil the pasta following the package directions.
Meanwhile, trim, wash, and thoroughly dry the arugula; chop it coarsely and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 4 Tbs. of the butter. Add the garlic and sauté until barely golden, about 2 minutes. Add the peas and sauté until tender-crisp, another 3 to 4 minutes if using fresh or 1 minute if using thawed frozen. Season lightly with salt and pepper. With a slotted spoon, remove the peas and garlic from the pan and set aside. Leave as much liquid in the pan as possible and add the olive oil to the pan. Add the prosciutto and cook until very lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the arugula in batches, stirring and adding handfuls as it wilts. Add the lemon juice. Cook for only a few minutes, just until all the greens have wilted.
When the pasta is done, reserve 1 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with the peas, prosciutto, arugula, and grated Parmigiano, along with 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water. Season with more ground pepper; toss. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. If the pasta seems dry, toss with more of the reserved cooking water. To serve, garnish each portion with the parsley and the Parmigiano shavings.
Serve with crusty bread and a fresh salad, or combine the two in this starter: Garlic Crostini with Spinach, Mushroom & Parmigiano Salad.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on six servings, Calories
28, Fat Calories
250, Saturated Fat
30, Monounsaturated Fat
60, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips