James Carrier
Yield
Makes 4 servings

Broth. It's the foundation for homemade soups that can be table-ready in minutes. And when dinner is sandwiched between school and sports practice or work and a movie, big cans of chicken broth come to the rescue. One is just enough to float ingredients four to six satisfying main-dish portions. Great soup fixings are often staples lurking in the pantry or diguised as leftovers in the refrigerator. Or gather the makings in a quick shop stop.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a covered 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring broth, wine, and pasta to a boil, then simmer until pasta is tender to bite, about 20 minutes total.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, stir prosciutto with butter until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Step 3

Stir peas and basil into soup and heat until peas are hot, 1 to 2 minutes.

Step 4

Ladle into bowls and add prosciutto. Sprinkle with cheese to taste.

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