Recipe: Penne alla Papalina
- Kosher salt
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces sliced prosciutto, cut into 1-inch squares
- One 10-ounce package (2 cups) frozen peas, thawed
- 1 pound penne rigate
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano plus extra for serving
- Coarsely ground black pepper
1 Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add 3 tablespoons kosher salt.
2 Meanwhile, combine 3 tablespoons of the oil and the prosciutto in another large pot and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the prosciutto has rendered some of its fat and is golden brown. Remove from the heat and stir in the peas.
3 Drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook until just al dente. Drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.
4 Whisk the eggs together in a medium bowl to break them up, then whisk in the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and ¼ cup reserved pasta water.
5 Add the pasta to the prosciutto and peas and stir and toss over medium heat to mix well. Add the egg mixture, remove from the heat, and stir and toss vigorously to slightly cook the eggs (add a splash or two more of the reserved pasta water if necessary to loosen the sauce). Stir in the Parmigiano, season with pepper, and serve immediately with additional grated cheese on the side.
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From Molto Gusto: Easy Italian Cooking by Mario Batali. Published by Harper Collins. Copyright 2010 by Mario Batali. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Harper Collins.