Peas & Pasta Carbonara Recipe
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Peas & Pasta Carbonara Recipe

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Using cream cheese to fortify the sauce speeds up cooking time and will have you eating my take on this old-time classic carbonara recipe in about 30 minutes. —Celeste Brantolino, Lenoir, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) fettuccine
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto or deli ham, cut into thin strips
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Coarsely ground pepper

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 553 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook fettuccine according to package directions, adding the peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add milk and cream cheese; cook and stir until blended. Remove from the heat; stir in prosciutto and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Drain fettuccine and peas; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with pepper. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Peas & Pasta Carbonara in Taste of Home December/January 2012, p52

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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klesinski User ID: 1037014 254233
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2016

"This is an easy meal. I doubled the garlic and a 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese . I added pepper before tossing as well. Great with a small salad or breadsticks. I've added this to my recipe box for a quick & simple weeknight dinner."

myfamily User ID: 2583998 190044
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"I thought it was tasty! I especially liked that I had all the ingredients on hand and that it was quick to make. The sauce was smooth and creamy. My children enjoyed it as well."

kitty cat Barbie User ID: 5351324 181233
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"I just copied the peas & pasta recipe. However I then looked at the picture and you left out the grape tomatos in the ingredients and directions??"

wullawhy User ID: 445790 181232
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"This recipe was super simple and quick. But the best part was the silky sauce. There was no grainy texture to it at all. We ate it immediately, which probably kept it from turning thick and gluey as the previous reviewer remarked. It just needed salt and it was really good."

maverickamy User ID: 2228039 212109
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"Lacked flavor. The "sauce" turned out VERY thick and gluey. If you choose to make this, use more milk, more garlic or use a garlic powder. We didn't save the leftovers... unusual for us, but it wasn't worth eating twice. Sorry..."

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