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Straw and Hay Pasta with Prosciutto

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This simple Straw and Hay Pasta with Prosciutto is as pretty as it is delicious! As a bonus, it’s also super quick and easy.

Italian in origin, this Paglia e Fieno is a melange of spinach and plain pasta, peas and prosciutto tossed in a delectable Parmesan cream sauce.

Straw and Hay Pasta in a white bowl

Straw and Hay Pasta

This Straw and Hay Pasta, AKA Paglia e Fieno, recipe is  from my mom, and I know exactly why she liked it. The commingling of the green and cream fettuccine noodles have a lovely aesthetic appeal. As an artist, she always wanted our plates to be as beautiful as they were tasty. She served our meals on solid color plates and we sat around our dining room table covered with beautiful, rich deep hued tablecloth.

Our family dinners started at 6 PM, right after the 5:30 national news. When I was in high school, my mom went back to college to get her MFA and pasta dinners appeared more frequently on our table.  They came together quickly, but were never dull. Adding different veggies, meats and cheeses prevented any monotony. With its al dente pasta, garlic and onions, salty prosciutto, plus peas in a creamy sauce, this straw and hay pasta with prosciutto met those criteria.

Overhead view of Straw and Hay Pasta

Get Your Children in the Kitchen with an Easy Dinner Recipe

I used fresh pasta as I had trouble finding dried spinach fettuccine. You are welcome to use fresh or dried pasta, two colors or just one. If you’re not a fan of peas, add another veggie (just cook it first). This dish goes from stove top to plate in no time at all…and allows for more family time around the table. After all, isn’t that what our Sunday Supper mission is all about?

And make sure to  invite your children to be a part of the meal making process. With supervision, even a young child can pour a handful of salt into the pasta water, stir the pasta, measure out the peas. They are much more likely to try new foods when they participate in the preparation. And this pasta is such an easy dinner recipe. Now if only I could back track and work with my picky husband!

Straw and Hay Pasta  in a white bowl on a green and white checkered napkin

If you’re looking for more pasta recipes, I recommend this Beef Burgundy Pasta or Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta.



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Straw and Hay Pasta | Easy, delicious and perfect for a weeknight supper!

Straw and Hay Pasta

Adapted from Wolfgang Puck

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree, Pasta
  • Method: Saute, Boil, Simmer
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup finely minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces prosciutto, julienne
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 6 ounces fettuccine
  • 6 ounces spinach fettuccine
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large saute pan, then add the onions and cook till translucent, then add garlic and prosciutto an cook about a minute more while stirring. Add the cream and bring to a simmer and cook till slightly thickened. Season to taste with pepper and salt if only if needed as the prosciutto adds saltiness.Add the peas and remove from the heat.
  2. Cook pasta in well salted water according to package directions.
  3. Return the sauce to the heat. Add the drained pasta and toss till well combined. Add the Parmesan, toss and serve.
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39 comments on “Straw and Hay Pasta with Prosciutto”

  1. Your mother sounds like such an inspiring figure in and out of the kitchen, Liz. Love how age didn’t stop her from getting an MFA.

    Your pasta dish seems creamy and comforting…Great point that kids can help even if it’s just to throw in the salt. Everyone likes to feel they’ve contributed =)

    Thank you for the recipe!

  2. This is the kind of meal I love! Especially now that it’s cooling down in Philly:@)

  3. Hi Lizzy! I love pasta especially fresh pasta but it’s not easy to get fresh pasta here unless I make them myself!

    I have some parma in the fridge… read this recipe just in time!

  4. I’ve made a similar pasta more times than I remember, and it’s still amazing, no matter how many years (decades?) have passed! A stunning recipe, simple and yummy Liz!

  5. I’d eat pasta everyday if my husband was ok with it. This looks so simple but so yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. It’s been a dream of mind to get my MFA, maybe one day….

    I love the simplicity of this dish. I will have to incorporate this into my weekday repertoire!

  7. Liz, I laughed when I read your post because our meals always revolved around the evening news. I love that your mom saw your dinner plates as a work of art. I try to do the same by introducing new foods with great color combinations!

  8. Your family table as a kid must have been fabulous. My dad insisted on a vinyl tablecloth. I don’t know why but he just didn’t like regular tablecloth or placemats. Your pasta is certainly pretty and I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks. I like fresh pasta too. I’d have to swap out the peas for something else though because of my picky husband.

  9. I love fresh pasta dishes! Who am I kidding, I love ALL pasta dishes! Yours sounds so good, Liz!

  10. THIS is a welcome addition to my dinner table! YUM!

  11. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pasta dish like this one. Nothing better than a little meat, veggies, and a few carbs to settle you in for the evening. I think your mom had that all figured out Liz.

  12. My mom may have made tasty food, but certainly not a beautiful as this dish. And my little guy and hubby (and me) would devour it!

  13. This reminds me of our carbonara. Love this idea of missing pastas. Great dish and memory. Pasta dishes seem to have a special spot in most people’s childhood memories.

  14. What a lovely dish! And you are right, you can do so much with pasta! When I make fettuccine, I generally go half regular/half spinach as well. It’s just pretty!

  15. This is gorgeous, as always!

  16. Mmmmmm, this is comfort food at its finest. Sounds and looks amazing, Liz!

  17. I never get tired of pasta. So many different things you can do with it! Like this terrific dish. I’ve had this before, but it’s been ages and ages. Now, of course, you have me hankering after it! Good stuff – thanks.

  18. Oh yes, pasta is the perfect dish and your Mom’s Straw and Hay Pasta looks and sounds beautiful. I agree, that food should always look as beautiful as it tastes…

  19. This is a beautiful dish! It has all the things I need for comfort food. Love the cream and prosciutto. Yum!!

  20. This is such a lovely pasta dish. I love family recipes, too – making them brings back so many memories.

  21. Oh my gosh, Liz… this is so perfect!!! I’ve just been thinking about Straw and Hay these last few weeks, as it was a favorite w/my Mom too. Every year for my birthday growing up, we’d go on great weekend adventures, and one particularly stands out. A trip to Solvang (in California) where I begged to go twice that weekend to one of my favorite restaurants, just so I could have the Straw and Hay again… magic! Loved reading about how special it was between you and your Mom, too! And such lovely photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. this is definitely a true Italian pasta dish, usually eaten on Sandays. I love this so much

  23. Love this kind of pasta – a true comfort food. Yum!

  24. Love these flavors, Liz! Pretty much anything involving prosicutto has been my favorite lately ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Beautiful pasta, I love the mix of colors and pea and prosciutto topping!

  26. Hi Liz!
    your mom was awesome! I totally agree with making the dinner plate colorful and healthy for kids. Al dente pasta, garlic and onions, salty prosciutto, plus peas in a creamy sauce?! Oh my gawd, I want some!! yummmo! Looks fabulous!

  27. Dinner around your mom’s table must have been fun. I am way more adventurous with pasta than the Mr. This would suit me just fine.

  28. Smile. I’ve always loved the name of this pasta dish. Wouldn’t this be fun to make and eat with little ones? And of course, the adults would enjoy it too! How could they not?

  29. A perfectly simple meal I could eat everyday. Looks so creamy and my little one would gobble his peas up.

  30. A very delicious and satisfying meal!

  31. I love spinach fettuccine and this dish just sounds wonderful. An easy weeknight meal.

  32. Lizzy, such an incredible classic pasta dish that is back in style…or have never left it. Love the two kinds of pasta, and the simple green peas and the addition of the prosciutto is even better than regular ham. Thanks for sharing, such a wonder pasta dish that brings back fond memories! xoxo

  33. This sounds like such a delicious, easy meal. I bet having an artist for a mother instilled the artist’s eye that makes all your pictures so beautifully put together!

  34. Dinner at your home sounded just lovely Liz! My mom went back to college as an adult too to get her license for an RN. I remember her studying when I got home from school. This is a dish that certainly stands the test of time.

  35. Pasta like this is always a winner at my dinner table. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Lizzy,
    The pasta dish looks delicious. We always had pasta for Sunday dinner as kids.

  37. I truly don’t know what is more beautiful Liz, the story of your family meals or this gorgeous looking Straw and Hay Pasta. I worked a number of jobs when my children were younger so our weekly meals were sometimes left to the imagination. (I was a young mother and cook, excuse:) However, Sunday was special. The kid were usually right by my side preparing our evening meal. I can remember making a similar dish in those days and just seeing yours brings back a host of delicious memories.

    Thank you so much for sharing Liz. If you don’t mind, I would love to share this recipe for the Pasta Party which would make your number #2 (two:)

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