asparagus & prosciutto bundles over pasta
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Serves: Large pot of pasta, enough for family
 
A deliciously simple pasta made special with the addition of asparagus & prosciutto bundles!
What to get:
  • bundle of fresh asparagus (thinner spears. trimmed bottoms)
  • package of prosciutto, sliced
  • package fresh fettuccine (store bought)
  • 5T shredded Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
  • additional grated Parmesan or Romano cheese for garnish
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • 3T butter
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste (~ ½ tsp)
  • sea salt to taste
  • lemon zest to taste
What to do:
  1. Rinse and trim ends off of asparagus spears.
  2. In pot with steamer basket, gently steam asparagus for a few mins till slightly tender, then cool spears immediately in a bowl of ice water.
  3. Drain asparagus and let dry on kitchen towels.
  4. In the meantime, preheat oven to 425 and lightly oil a baking sheet (can line with foil & oil).
  5. Roll several asparagus spears at a time in thin slice of prosciutto, repeating for desired amount of bundles (at least one per person), and arrange on tray for baking.
  6. Sprinkle bundles with little salt & a little lemon zest.
  7. Bake bundles till asparagus is tender with a fork & prosciutto is slightly crisp/browning, avoid over drying asparagus, and adjust temp as necessary for your oven, (~6-10 minutes).
  8. In a large pot for pasta, bring salted water to a boil.
  9. Boil fresh fettuccine according to package directions (only takes a few mins), immediately drain in a colander, and rinse with warm water.
  10. Drizzle cooked pasta with little olive oil to prevent sticking.
  11. In the emptied pasta pot, add 2 tsp of oil and sauté chopped garlic, for a few minutes, avoid over-browning garlic.
  12. To pot, add 3T butter and gently melt on low, stirring frequently until melted.
  13. Add cooked pasta, black pepper and salt to taste (generous with the pepper).
  14. Add 5T shredded Parmesan-Reggiano cheese, stirring consistently until melted.
  15. Dish pasta warm and serve with an asparagus bundle on top.
  16. Garnish dish with some finely grated Parmesan or Romano cheese and little lemon zest.
Notes:
This is easy. Double for large families, and store left over bundles and pasta separately in the refrigerator.
Serving size: a bundle or 2!
Recipe by the dinnervine at http://www.dinnervine.com/2013/05/prosciutto-wrapped-asparagus-pasta/