Friday, October 1, 2010


This is a great dish that can be ready in about 20 minutes....REALLY! So in the time it takes to uncork a nice bottle of wine after work and get caught up with your family, dinner is ready.

I love asparagus and it LOVES YOU! Nice dark greens have all kinds of great antioxidants for you and as I mentioned in a previous blog, asparagus helps prevent a hangover, just in case you find the wine bottle empty after dinner!!!!


2 lbs asparagus cleaned and ends trimmed

5 cloves of garlic minced

1 large shallot minced

6 oz prosciutto thinly sliced and cut into strips

6 oz smoked mozzarella cheese, diced (regular mozzarella works too)

4 tbl fresh basil thinly sliced

5 tbl olive oil

1 box pasta (spaghetti is fun here)



red pepper flakes

Boil asparagus in a pot of salted water for about 3 minutes and immediately remove them with tongs and toss in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. In the same boiling salted water cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

When the asparagus cools cut into 1 inch pieces. Heat olive oil in a saute pan and add garlic and shallots and cook for about a minute. Add the asparagus and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add the pasta and if you want, some of the pasta water. Add the prosciutto, mozzarella and basil and combine. Take the pan of the heat and taste for seasoning. DONE!

Of course, serve with Parmesan cheese and nice crusty bread!


Love You Laurie!!!!

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