Thursday, August 26, 2010

Proscuitto and Parmesan Pasta

As you can tell I am a huge fan of one course meals.  I love having a one pot meal that has the protein, starch and vegetable.  It makes it so much easier and cost effective for people on a budget.  This meal has it all and you don't have to have any sides (unless you wish).
Prosciutto and Parmesan Pasta
1 lb pasta
1/2 cup Italian parsley (cut it up into small pieces)
3 tbls. green onions (cut in small slices)
1 tbls. butter
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan (or more, the more the better)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 bunch thin asparagus (cut in half, and steamed)
4 oz. prosciutto (cut into small strips)

In a large pan, melt butter and add green onions and saute for a few minutes then add prosciutto strips. Cook pasta until el dente. Steam asparagus until el dente (keep an eye on this, because it cooks very quick). In the large pan with the green onions and prosciutto add the pasta, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, parsley, cooked asparagus, and S+P to taste stir and serve.
I absolutely love parmesan cheese!!!  It is so salty, and flavorful.  My step sister in law, Christin, first introduced me to a dish similar to this.  That was around the time when I first became a huge fan of prosciutto.  I added asparagus to make it more like a complete meal, and the more parmesan the better!  Also by adding more parsely and green onions, it gives this dish more flavor.  I love getting a bite with all of the ingredients, because it so flavorful that you really don't need anything else.  This dish is also great as a leftover for lunch!
Mary Proulx

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