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Peas with Prosciutto + Ricotta

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: side
  • Method: sauteed
  • Cuisine: Italian


This easy recipe for Peas with Prosciutto + Ricotta is the perfect side dish for spring! Sweet, tender peas sautéed with salty prosciutto, served over creamy, lemony whipped ricotta cheese and finished with fresh mint. It’s a great recipe for Easter, Mother’s Day or any springtime occasion!



  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lb frozen peas, defrosted (use “petite” peas if you can find them)
  • 1/2 lb sugar snap peas, halved*
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint


  1. Pour olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and stir to break it apart for about 1 minute, then add the garlic and shallots. 
  2. Season lightly with salt and pepper, then cook until the shallots are translucent, but not browned, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the defrosted peas and sugar snap peas, then cook while stirring and tossing constantly until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. If the pan seems a bit dry, add a few tablespoons of water to help things along. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. 
  5. While the peas cook, add the ricotta and lemon zest to a medium bowl, then use a whisk to whip it up until light and fluffy. 
  6. Spread the ricotta onto a serving platter or bowl, then spoon the peas over top. Sprinkle with fresh mint, then drizzle with plenty of extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately. 


*If desired, you can omit the sugar snap peas and use 1 whole pound of frozen peas instead.

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