Monday, July 9, 2012

Prosciutto and Asparagus Pasta

Awhile ago, a good friend of mine recommended this recipe that she had seen in Sunset Magazine - she said it was amazing and that it was a must try.  I filed it away and decided to make it this week for my family and she was right! 

I talked to her about potentially swapping out the heavy whipping cream for something lighter - even chicken broth.  She talked me out of it.  The one ingredient I did not include were the mushrooms, my boys and I are not fans, but in hindsight, I should have probably replaced with quartered artichoke hearts.  I think that would have added great texture and taste!

Proscuitto and Asparagus Pasta
Serves 4
Recipe courtesy of Sunset Magazine

8 ounces angel hair pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, sliced (I diced)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups mushrooms, sliced (I did not include, should have added quartered artichoke hearts)
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces (I only used 1/2 pound)
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon chile flakes

Please note that I have changed the steps of the preparations from the original recipe.  I like to move the pasta from the pot to the saute pan rather than draining, so you'll see those steps here.

Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil.  Once boiling, add the angel hair pasta and cook according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.  Cook onion, garlic, and mushrooms until fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Add prosciutto and asparagus and cook until asparagus is bright green, about 2 minutes.  Add cream, 1/4 cup cheese, the pepper, and chile flakes.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook until sauce had thickened, about 4 minutes.

Transfer the angel hair pasta directly into the saute pan with the sauce with a pasta fork or wok skimmer. 

Toss to coat and serve with more Parmesan cheese. 


  1. I think I am going to have to put this on the dinner menu for next week! Looks delish!

    1. It's really quite good! Let me know what you think and thanks for visiting my site!

  2. Wow, this looks delicious! My hubby would prefer no mushrooms, but I'd keep them in!

    1. My husband would actually prefer mushrooms! Try it out and let me know what you think!