Spring Prosciutto Parsnip Pasta with Snap Peas

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Spring Prosciutto Parsnip Pasta with Snap Peas

Spring Prosciutto Parsnip Pasta with Snap Peas

I’ve been noticing that the turnips at the grocery store have been smaller than normal (they’ve been the sizes of near grapefruits all winter long.)

I’ve always loved turnips in the springtime, so I did a little research into that and it turns out that although turnips are available all year long, they are best in the fall and spring, when they are small and sweet. The larger the turnip, the tougher the skin and the stronger the flavor (which isn’t always a good thing – they can be a little soapy.)

After learning that, I grabbed a few mid-sized turnips and decided to make a spring pasta with peas, which are also a springtime veggie.

Spring Prosciutto Parsnip Pasta with Snap Peas

However, the turnip was bad in the middle! Thank gosh I had a giant parsnip in the pantry, so I grabbed that and pulled an audible (if you don’t get that football reference, click here.)

Another example when a blunder turned into a wonder! Haha, forgive me for my corny jokes, I haven’t had my second cup of coffee yet!

Anyway, this spring is turning up to be wedding crunch time. This weekend is my bachelorette party, so last night, all of my NYC bridesmaids gathered to get our nails done since we’re going to….. Miami!

Spring Prosciutto Parsnip Pasta with Snap Peas

My friend Shannon even made us little plastic champagne glasses that she penned “Bridesmaid,” “MOH,” and “Bride to Be” on – she’s so cute.

I can’t wait for this weekend, mainly because I need a vacation. I feel like I’ve been working overdrive with Inspiralized, my personal life and with wedding stuff, especially. It’s all fun, so I can’t complain, but you know how it is… sometimes you just need to lay out by the pool with a cocktail.

Spring Prosciutto Parsnip Pasta with Snap Peas

In preparation for this trip (and my wedding in general), I’ve been trying to focus on what I eat and frequency of workouts. I’ve been amping up my strength-training (specifically my arms and back, since my dress shows them off) while doing steady cardio (like 30 or 45 minute spin workouts.)

This has led me to make a lot more spiralized meals for myself that are jam-packed with flavor, but lower in carbohydrates and calories. However, when you do that, after a while, you just crave something a bit more indulgent.

Hence, I came up with this perfect balance: turnip pasta with prosciutto, snap peas and juuuuust a little bit of parmesan cheese (cheese has never worked well with my stomach, but I just love it too much – so, moderation!)

Spring Prosciutto Parsnip Pasta with Snap Peas

The parsnips give this dish that robust, nutty flavor that my tastebuds were craving and the prosciutto, well, if you thinly slice a quality prosciutto and add it in anything, it’s a win. The crunchiness of the sugar snap peas is divine and the taste is refreshing.

This is definitely one of those, “I’m eating prosciutto and cheese, but I feel amazing!” kind of dishes, that I’ve been working into my “wedding diet” to satisfy that savory tooth, but still stay on track – AKA reason #903458937589345 why I love spiralizing!


Nutritional Information & Recipe


Spring Prosciutto Parsnip Pasta with Snap Peas

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 2


  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth low sodium
  • 3 oz sugar snap peas sliced in half
  • 2 large parsnips peeled, Blade C/D, noodles trimmed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 pieces of prosciutto thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese or parmesan
  • parsley to garnish


  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the oil. Once oil heats, add in the garlic and red pepper flakes. Let cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant and then add in the chicken broth. Let broth come to a boil and then add in the snap peas and cook for 5 minutes or until liquid evaporates by 1/2.
  • Then, remove the snap peas and add in the parsnip noodles, season with salt and pepper and toss thoroughly. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes or until parsnip noodles are al dente. Uncover, add back in the snap peas, add in the prosciutto and sprinkle with cheese and toss thoroughly to combine or until cheese is melted.
  • Divide into bowls and garnish with parsley.


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I saw you making this on Snapchat!! Minus the meat this is right up my alley!
Prosciutto anything makes me have the smiley heart eye emoji. Love this recipe. Can't wait to give it a try!
Hillary says:
Just wanted to echo Erin's ccomments - saw it on snapchat and really want to make it now!! Love your snaps - keep them coming!!!!!
Ali Maffucci says:
Thanks for the feedback, I will!!!
Mmm! Looks amazing! I'm always looking for excuses to eat prosciutto <3 Adding parsnip noodles makes it so much less bad for you :) Will have to try this one! <3 Lisa http://www.strumsimmersip.com
Frank says:
You have shallots in the instructions, but not in the ingredients, how much did you use? Also in title and ingredients it says parsnips, in directions turnips. Maybe fix with Parsnips/Turnips? Waiting, patiently, for my Inpiralizer. Hopefully next Wednesday.
Ali Maffucci says:
Thanks for pointing that out, I've made the change!
Frank says:
Thanks for the quick fix! Now I know what's for dinner tonight. Made the Jícama, Kiwi, and Corn Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing two days ago, it was amazing! Had some of the jicama, corn, kiwi w/dressing left, yesterday I added a spiraled zucchini and some diced mango, it is delicious.
Frank, I think the shipping date for The Inspiralizers that were supposed to ship on May 4th has been pushed forward to May 8th if I understand the latest info from The Mother's Day gift idea newsletter thingy I received today. I can't wait to get mine, too! So excited about it and I hope the date doesn't change again. I just want this so bad! lol Happy Spiralizing! :)
Anonymous says:
Not positive, but I think that's if you place an order now, not for orders that were already in the system.
Thank you, anon! I hope you are right! :)
annie says:
My husband loves snap peas, so I decided to make this for dinner. I was disappointed because only about 40 percent of my parsnips were 'noodles' the rest were letter 'c's. I hate when that happens. Not sure why. But I followed through, thinking this might be a side rather than an entree. Made it for later, ran a couple errands, came home, took a bite, and BAM! Wow, that is tasty! I wasn't expecting it to have such flavor. Yum. Giving hubby a whole big plate of it as his dinner. He's going to love it. Thanks Ali.
Amber says:
I had the same thing happen with carrots my first time with this spiralizer. I think it happens most with thin vegetables if they're not quite straight. I had it a little with broccoli stalks, too, until I cut them into shorter pieces and took the time to tilt them if needed
Frank B. says:
@annie At least you got to use parsnips. Mine looked good, but were too woody/fibrous to use. Unlike Ali, I didn't have a backup vegetable so used spaghetti. It was great but I think would have been better with veggie noodles.
Amber says:
Have you tried nutritional yeast? I can't have cheese because of a milk allergy, but nutritional yeast (with some salt added) gives a cheesy flavor. You can find ways to replace it on vegan or paleo recipes
Meaghan says:
We're big fans of nutritional yeast! Ali was a vegan for a long time and I actually just started. Nutritional yeast is a great addition to a lot of dishes!

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