Monday, September 10, 2012

Prosciutto, Asparagus and Parmesan Pasta

Prosciutto Asparagus and Parmesan PastaI saw this recipe via Pinterest and I knew right away I wanted to try it. Once I told Miss F that prosciutto was bacon, she wanted to try it as well (that kid could live on bacon!)  The recipe comes from Val So Cal, but I made a ton of changes.  Mainly, I sauteed the asparagus first and removed it from the pan to toss with the pasta at the end.  I find if I leave the asparagus to cook with sauces, they lose the gorgeous bright green color.  Another tip is to get prosciutto from your deli counter and not pre-packaged.  It is usually cheaper and you can get the exact amount you need for your recipe.  This dish is perfection.  I want to try it next with peas in place of the asparagus.
Prosciutto, Asparagus and Parmesan Pasta

12 ounces angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small onion, diced
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
2 garlic cloves
4 ounces of prosciutto, cut into strips
½ cup white wine
1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Prepare the pasta per package instructions. While the pasta is cooking, heat the one teaspoon of the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Saute the asparagus for 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the pan. Sauté onion, garlic, mushrooms until fragrant and tender, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and prosciutto, sauté 1 minute more. Add the white wine and chicken broth, bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes more. Whisk together the cream, corn starch and red pepper flakes. Add the cream mixture, return to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 4 minutes. Add the asparagus and pasta to the pan; toss with the sauce. Serve, topped with additional parmesan.
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Medeja said...

Looks and sounds really good. Now I also want to try it :D

Anonymous said...

you forgot to say how much chicken broth :(

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