Italian Recipes: Prosciutto and Asparagus Pasta [24-07-15]

Prosciutto and Asparagus Pasta


1/2 pound fresh asparagus spears or 1 (10-ounce) package frozen asparagus spears
4 ounces prosciutto ham, thinly sliced and cut into 1-inch strips (see Note)
3/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup butter (1/2 cube), melted
1/2 pound linguine or fettuccine


In a medium saucepan, steam or boil asparagus until crisp-tender.  Drain and cut into bite-sized pieces.

In a medium bowl, combine asparagus and prosciutto.  In a large bowl, combine cheese, sour cream, wine and butter.  Mix well.  Add asparagus-prosciutto mixture.

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain well, but do not rinse.  Transfer pasta to a warm serving platter and toss with sauce.  Sprinkle with additional Parmesan, if desired.  Serve immediately.

Note:  Prosciutto is a cured ham that is available at specialty markets and delicatessens.  Garnish with strips of sun-dried tomatoes.

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