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White Sauce with Proscuitto, Spinach and Peas over Cheese Tortellini by Rachelle
August 7, 2008, 5:36 pm
Filed under: Italian, Main Dish, Medium Fix, Rachelle Mee-Chapman | Tags: , , , , ,

Created by: Rachelle Mee-Chapman

White sauce isn’t really that a hard. Once you learn how to make the basic sauce you can add whatever you want to it to make a bunch of quick dinners. This combo makes a pretty green-and-white dish full of pasta that has a little extra nutritional value due to the iron-rich spinach.

They key to a stress-free white sauce is to have everything chopped up before hand and to pre-heat the milk before you start. Nuke the milk in the microwave for about 1/2-2 minutes and it will hold enough heat until you are ready to add it to the sauce.

If you feel a little nervous about getting the sauce and pasta done at the same time, just cook the pasta before you start the sauce. Drain it, toss it with a little olive oil, add the spinach and put the lid on. It’ll keep.

Shopping List

2T butter
2 cloves garlic, diced
2T flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 handfuls of shredded Parmesan cheese
8 slices (1pkg) prosciutto (or other cured pork product)
1/2 c frozen peas
4 handfuls fresh spinach, shredded lightly by hand
2 pkgs fresh cheese tortellini

Dice your garlic. Wash your spinach and dry it in the salad spinner. Pour it out onto a cutting board and run your knife through it a few times until it is slightly shredded. Slice the prosciutto into thin-ish strips. Pour hot water over your peas to speed up the defrosting. Heat your milk for two minutes in the microwave. (A glass measuring cup works well for this.)

Okay, ready? Put a pot on the stove over medium heat and melt butter. Toss in the garlic and cook 2 minutes. Stir in flour. Don’t let it scorch. Using a whisk, stir in the warm milk. Stir constantly, turning up the heat slightly until it comes to a low boil. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until the sauce reaches a desired thickness. Add in a couple of handfuls of Parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Add prosciutto and peas. Stir in peas and heat through. Add lots of fresh ground black pepper.

Drain the pasta and return to the pan. Toss in shredded spinach and stir. This will wilt it just slightly. To wilt it more, put the lid on the pot and let it sit a minute. Pour pasta into serving dish and stir in just enough sauce until the noodles are gently coated. Spoon a little more sauce on the top if desired, but don’t drown it! This goes very nicely with some white wine, don’t you think? Time for dinner! Have yum!

What did you add to your white sauce? Do tell in the comments below or link us to your recipe!


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WOW! I love this dish and I was trying to find a local restaurant that served it – but had no luck. Now I can make it for myself! Yum, Yum, Goodness.

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