Eat– for Good Health

My Pasta, Peas, and Prosciutto is low calorie.

  • 1 pound pasta– your choice
  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic, chopped (or leave out if you don’t like garlic)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto di Parma, thinly sliced at deli counter, then cut into thin strips
  • 1 shallot
  • 20 leaves fresh basil, shredded or torn, plus a few leaves to garnish
  • Grated Romano, for passing

Put a large pot of water on the stove over high heat for pasta. When water comes to a boil, add salt to water and cook pasta to al dente, with a bite to it.

In a large, deep skillet, preheated over moderate heat, cook garlic, onion, and crushed pepper in extra-virgin olive oil for 3 to 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and sauce or puree to the pan. When tomatoes come to a bubble, reduce heat to simmer. Season sauce with salt and pepper.

When pasta is cooked to al dente, drain well and set near stove. Sprinkle ribbons of sliced prosciutto and peas into the sauce. Stir to combine and heat peas through. Toss pasta with sauce and shredded basil. Keep turning pasta in sauce until basil wilts and pasta begins to absorb sauce, about 1 minute. Transfer pasta to a serving platter and garnish with a few whole basil leaves.

Serve with salad.


7 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Miki Larsen

    Your recipes helped me lose ten pounds, Kathleen! So many other recipes are time-consuming, and yours are easy-as-pie. They’re so good, I skip the pie!

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Thanks Jill and Miki! A couple of years ago my daughter, Janice, and I wrote a healthy eating guide, GOLD STANDARD OF THIN. We had both lost twenty pounds and decided to share ideas and recipes. Congrats on losing ten pounds, Miki.

  3. Nina Banks

    Eating a delicious entry, and as you suggested, a salad also, leaves me psychologically satisfied. I don’t overeat on your Gold Standard of Thin plan. By the way, Kathleen, I bought your online book for 99 cents.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Hi Nina! Yeah, the paperback version sold out. I’m happy to hear you’re not overeating. Anytime we overeat, excess sugar gets stuffed into fat cells by the hormone insulin. If we overeat often, insulin’s microscopic mechanisms wear down. Our bodies then make more insulin as an attempt to regulate blood sugar.

  5. Dr. Jill

    That’s right, Kathleen, and I can tell you what happens next. Sugar lingers in blood and damages blood vessels. Damaged vessels put pressure on the heart and other organs. You then feel tired! Eventually a person becomes Type 2 diabetic.

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    Yes, Jill, but it can be reversed. The key is giving your system a break from excess blood sugar, allowing the body to repair insulin pathways. Health improves, and weight loss is no longer a struggle.

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