Paglia e Fieno with Prosciutto and Cream

Paglia e Fieno with Prosciutto and Cream

Every once in a while I pick up my copy of Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan, and flip through it looking for inspiration. Most times that inspiration comes in something that is so simple, that I kick myself for not thinking of it on my own. Prosciutto, cream and Parmagiano-Reggiano makes an awesome quick pasta sauce that goes great with fresh pasta. Paglia e Fieno (Straw and hay) is a combination of plain fresh pasta and green pasta flavored with spinach.

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Paglia e Fieno With Prosciutto andCream

Paglia e Fieno with Prosciutto and Cream Recipe

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  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced Prosciutto di Parma
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 pound fresh green and white fettuccine or tagliatelle
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmagianno-Reggiano cheeseplus additional for serving


  1. Slice the prosciutto into thin strips. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and cook, stirring until it starts to crisp up, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the cream, salt and pepper, and cook until the sauce has thickened, 2-3 minutes. Take the sauce off the heat.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook uncovered over high heat until al dente and drain.
  4. Place the pan with the sauce back over medium heat, add the pasta, and grated Parmagianno-Reggiano cheese to the pan and toss until well coated.
  5. Serve with additional grated cheese on the side.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins

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  1. Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. I just made this dish before I referred your recipe which I just discovered by searching, and the good news is you have this little line item in your presentation which allows you to put on cook mode which stops the phone I have an iPhone from going into blackout mode after some short period of time to lock it up again, which in the middle of cooking is, it is justifiably avoided PITA, kudos to you. The bad news is that your third paragraph of instructions should be your first paragraph of instructions, don’t have me halfway through making the sauce and ninjas throw in. Oh, by the way, boil a large pot of salty water, etc., in my world, that usually takes about 20 minutes, by which time the sauce is history. Apart from that great work!

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