Quick Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto and Peas

Is dinner in less than 45 minutes a real possibility? Absolutely. This pasta dinner is super customizable, and you can change it up based on your family's preferences or depending on what you have available in the pantry. I like it because there is a slight burn due to the red pepper flakes, it is sweet because of the green peas and salty because of the prosciutto.

I used prosciutto here, but bacon or pancetta could be substituted or left out altogether. I wouldn't recommend leaving out though, it provides a necessary saltiness. Crisping the prosciutto in the dutch oven intensifies its flavor, renders fat that we use to build the flavorful sauce, and also produces a nice contract texture in the finished pasta dish. This is also a relatively inexpensive dinner, serving 4-5 people for about $12 worth of ingredients. Winner, winner, pasta dinner!