Pasta with Proscuitto, Asparagus, and Walnuts

Pasta with Proscuitto, Asparagus, and Walnuts

Pasta with Proscuitto, Asparagus, and Walnuts
This heart healthy pasta dish (think raw olive oil and garlic, asparagus, and omega-powerhouse walnuts) comes together fast, tastes great warm or at room temperature, and will become a family favorite. My oldest daughter went back for seconds and requested it for lunch the next day!
    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    20-25minutes
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    Servings
    4people
    Cook Time
    20-25minutes
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 8ounce rotini (spiral) pasta, preferably whole wheat or gluten-free (I use brown rice)
    • 1pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally in to 1 ½ pieces
    • 5 garlic cloves, minced and divided
    • 2tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 2tablespoon fresh lemon juice*
    • 4 1/2ounce proscuitto, coarsely chopped
    • 1/2cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
    • 1/4cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
    • 1/2teaspoon sea salt
    • 1/4teaspoon ground black pepper
    Instructions
    1. Cook pasta according to package directions; add asparagus during the last 3-4 minutes of cooking. Drain and return pasta and asparagus back to pot. Combine 2 minced cloves of garlic with the olive oil and lemon juice and toss with pasta.
    2. Sauté 3 minced cloves of garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat for 30 seconds. Add the proscuitto and sauté until crispy, about 1 minute.
    3. Toss garlicky proscuitto with pasta mixture, add walnuts and grated cheese and combine until cheese has melted into the pasta. Adjust salt and pepper as needed.
    Recipe Notes

    This pasta dish is great the way it is, but it is so versatile you can easily substitute fresh or frozen sweet peas for the asparagus (both my husband and youngest daughter prefer it this way), bacon or pancetta for the proscuitto, and Romano cheese for the Parmigiano.

    Proscuitto is an aged, dry cured, Italian ham.

    You can easily make this vegetarian by eliminating the proscuitto.

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