12 December 2007
what's cooking wednesday:
tortellini con prosciutto e panna

What's Cooking WednesdayFirst of all, Shelley has announced the winner of the Dolce Italiano Contest over at her place--go here to see if it's you. Congratulations winner!

Now. It's holiday time. You're in a rush. I'm in a rush. I'll keep this short.

For this week's What's Cooking Wednesday, you need three ingredients--prosciutto cotto (cooked ham), panna (heavy cream), and tortellini, preferably stuffed with prosciutto crudo. OK, you need salt and water too, but that's it.

panna, prosciutto crudo, tortellini
Interested? (The clementines in the background are dessert!)

I've seen other versions of this recipe that add butter, cheese, and even an egg yolk, but honestly this is delicious just like this, although, as always, I do encourage you to experiment.

Feel especially free to add other ingredients to spice it up--peas or mushrooms are our favorite. You can also play with the type of pasta from fettuccine to pennette. It's all good.

Tortellini con Prosciutto e Panna
(serves 3-4)

Tortellini con prosciutto e panna
250 g tortellini (half of the bag shown above)
150 g (between 1/4 and 1/2 lb) prosciutto cotto/cooked ham, torn up in pieces
400 ml panna/heavy cream (about a cup and a half)

Prepare tortellini in salted, boiling water.

Meanwhile, heat cream in large saucepan over medium heat until it starts to bubble. Stir in prosciutto and lower heat, being sure that cream isn't sticking to pan. I use a heat-resistant rubber spatula during this part. Keep the cream and prosciutto mixture warm until the tortellini are ready.

When the tortellini are cooked to your satisfaction, drain them, and combine well with cream and prosciutto.

That's it!

Buon appetito!

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Blogger Lisa Milton said...

Simple and sure to be a hit with my fam.

Who can resist prosciutto?

Anonymous Carla said...

Hi Michelle, I hope you've been well. It's been a while! I just wanted to say I love this dish and I always stock up on prosciutto crudo tortellini when I'm there to bring back for me and my family. So, so good and easy.
Ciao for now :-)

Blogger beachgrl said...

Recipe sounds great, and so simple! My honey has a prosciutto in the garage fridge. Now I have to go get some tortellini and heavy cream. Unfortunately, we don't have the prosciutto crudo tortellini over here in Ct as far as I know.

Blogger qualcosa di bello said...

easy & simple...perfect fare for a busy season! our local grocer has fresh tortellini & i can't wait to try this...

So simple, yet SO yummy looking! Thankfully I held back from licking my computer screen. I don't need to give my co-workers anything thing else to whisper about. LOL!


excellent recipe. so quicky and easy. someone should send this to Rachel Ray, so she could learn something. This 30 minute meal looks delicious.

Anonymous janie said...

Delicious! Can't wait to make this.

Anonymous Genevera said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful pasto with the blogosphere . . . I LOVE pasta with panna! After living in Italy I couldn't understand the American fascination with Alfredo sauce when plain old panna is so much better! :)

Blogger Karina said...

HMMM....easy and delicious looking, one I'm sure to try. Thanks!

Blogger Sharon said...

That looks so very good...I am dieting..boohoo!

Have you seen the Ciobar offer in the store? I think I spelled that chocolate drink correctly.
They are offering 15 packets of powdered chocolate along with a porcelean cup and saucer.
Great for gifting and great for you.

Blogger Maddy said...

I think I may have to add some marinaded artichoke hearts!

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

Anonymous Something said...

Thank you for your company this year- I've really enjoyed it -Really!

I'm off to Melbourne to visit my family and especially my mother so I won't be logging in until the new year. All the best for the Holidays and for 2008!


Blogger Italianissima said...

I just made this the other night for my hubby - now that we can find real "Italian Bacon" here - yes that is what they call it - I can make this quickly and easily! It is so much better than plain boring red sauce! Buon appetito!

Blogger Cris said...

It looks so yummy, I love any kind of pasta! Hey, so did you try to make anything with your Brazilian nuts yet? :-)

Anonymous Anna L'americana said...

Ahhh, this is the best of Italian cooking, simple yet oh so delicious. They just don't get here, why must EVERTHING have oregano and/or anise in it?

Wish we could get the prosciutto crudo tortellini, so sick of the spinach and bad ricotta that's put in anything farcito. Hmmmm...I believe I just challenged myself to make the tortellini at home, YESSSS!

Right on NYC - I hope Ms Ray IS taking notes, after all, it really doesn't count as 30 minutes when you spend an entire day washing peeling and pre-preparing all your groceries in advance, now does it?

Blogger Jb said...

Oh how did you know that this is my favourite dish?? It's the one thing I always request from my zia Lelia when I go visit Italy. I almost always start with this one after the gelato al limone, plus the pizza al prosciutto, and the pasticcini from Caldarola near my favourite piazza, and focaccia alle cipolle, and also frittata alle cipolle, and....oh I could go on! Brava for this one!

Blogger Stefanie said...

Dang, that looks good! I actually had something really similar at a restaurant last week (theirs had peas, too, which were good for some added color, if nothing else). Usually I just drool over your recipes but never make them. Maybe I should actually do this one. :-)

Blogger Gil said...

Pictures are so good, I can almost taste it in my mouth!

Blogger sognatrice said...

*Lisa, I, for one, cannot resist prosciutto.

*Carla, glad to see you're around; hope all is well with you too!

*Beachgrl, lucky you with a prosciutto in the garage...sounds like a great title for a book ;)

*Qualcosa, this is my new comfort food :)

*Christina, I admire and applaud your restraint ;)

*NYC, hah! I don't this one even takes 30 minutes if you start with hot enough water ;)

*Janie, buon appetito!

*Genevera, you know I've never liked Alfredo? In fact, when P suggested this to me, I was *very* reluctant to try it...so glad I'm adventurous ;)

*Karina, and, best of all, easy to make in one serving; I remember cooking for one very well, and this one is actually worth the effort (what little there is required!).

*Sharon, I saw that offer about a month ago and have been kicking myself ever since for not picking one up; I'm going back to that particular store this weekend, so I hope they still have some....

*Maddy, mmmmm :)

*Rosa, so happy that you've been visiting, and I wish you all the best this season and in the new year--see you then :)

*Italianissima, red sauce gets boring for the best of us, I agree!

*Cris, I'm sorry to report that I have eaten every last Brazil nut that was in this house. I'm starting to look under things, just in case one rolled....

*Anna, yes! Homemade tortellini! I've never done it, but I'd love to hear about your experience ;)

*JB, glad to bring back some good memories...your regular menu upon arrival sounds fabulous :)

*Stefanie, I knew I'd get you sooner or later....

*Gil, to be honest with you, I'm starting crave it yet again....

Anonymous my melange said...

Simple and delicious....my favorite combination!!!

Blogger KC said...

Yum, that looks so good! I'm a sucker for anything that has ham. And this dish is creamy at the same time!

Blogger Patricia Scarpin said...

I am VERY interested, actually. :)
This pasta is everything I wanted for lunch today!

Blogger sognatrice said...

*Robin, I'm with you there!

*KC, I know...ham and cream...how can you go wrong?

*Patricia, buon appetito!

Blogger Proud Italian Cook said...

Delicious, rustic, and my kind of comfort food! Mmmmmmmm

Blogger Giusi said...

Wait just a cotton picking minute! Are those dried tortellini? For real? I have never even tasted them. There's something just strange about drying tortellini... isn't there?

Judith from up the road

Blogger sognatrice said...

*PIC, mine too! Glad you like it!

*Giusi, Giusi, Giusi...welcome to the world of dried tortellini! I never saw anything wrong with dried tortellini--in fact, it's the only kind I can get here in the village unless I make it myself.

And let's be honest: making it myself really takes away the convenience of this meal....

You are so lucky that you can by tortellini that is good. It is very difficult here. The recipe looks like exactly what I crave!

Blogger Giusi said...

Huh! I betcha anything there's a lady in your town that would make extra for you and I'll betcha that some of your neighbors depend on her for their tortellini.

When you come to visit, we'll make something stuffed, although agnolotti are my fave.

I'm having a hard time figuring out how the stuffing isn't spoiled by drying, but I trust you.

Blogger sognatrice said...

*Jeni, lucky indeed! You'll just have to make your own :)

*Giusi, you know they don't really seem to do tortellini around here. Or ravioli. Although they do a lot of stuffed vegetables, I don't see a lot of stuffed pasta, but maybe I'm just peeking in the wrong kitchens....

As for the drying, I don't understand it either, but it tastes pretty good--they don't have a long shelf life though I don't think.

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