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Peas & Pasta Carbonara

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


  • 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


  • In a Dutch oven, cook fettuccine according to package directions, adding the peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  • 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.
  • Drain fettuccine and peas; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with pepper.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 553 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Danny
    Oct 29, 2019

    Just looking at this recipe, anybody who knows anything about Italian cooking would be able to tell you that this dish is absolutely not a carbonara. Carbonara consists of pasta (traditionally spaghetti), tempered egg yolks, pecorino romano cheese, guanciale (an italian dry aged cheek bacon), and black pepper. Under no circumstances would you EVER add cream to a carbonara. What this recipe IS is a gluey fettuccine alfredo, and I say gluey because cream cheese doesn't make a sauce creamier. Cream cheese acts as a binder when it's melted into a sauce, which creates a clumpy, gluey mess as it cools. There is nothing classic about this recipe, and whoever wrote this recipe should be ashamed of themselves for insulting the entire country of Italy.

  • klesinski
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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...