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Creamy Asparagus Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto

 
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You will be amazed by how creamy and delicious this pasta dish turns out. Asparagus adds lots of nutrients, and crispy prociutto gives the just right amount of indulgence to the dish. Use whole wheat pasta to give extra fibre boost.

Yield

2

servings

Prep

10

min

Cook

15

min

Ready

30

min

Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
 

Ingredients

6 ounces pasta, fusilli
preferably whole wheat
1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
divided
2 ounce prosciutto
sliced into 1/2-inch strips
*
2 cloves garlic
finely chopped
8 ounces asparagus
ends trimmed, and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup light cream (half&half)
teaspoon nutmeg
freshly grated
*
salt and black pepper
to taste
*
½ cup Parmesan cheese
plus extra 2 tablespoons for sering

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water a boil.

Cook the pasta until desired consistency, about 12 minutes.

Reserve ½ cup cooking liquid, and drain pasta.

Then return the pasta to the pot with a lid on.

Meanwhile crisp the prosiutto in a medium skillet over medium heat with ½ tablespoon olive oil until the prosiutto is slightly browned and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer the crispy prosiutto onto a plate lined with a paper towel.

Put the skillet back to the heat, add the remaining tablespoon olive oil to the pan, and heat over medium heat.

Add the garlic, stirring constantly until very fragrant, about 40 seconds.

Stir in the asparagus, and cook for about 6 minutes, or until the asparagus become brightly green and tender.

Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Transfer the cooked asparagus into the pot with pasta, and cover with the lid.

Sprinkle the flour over the pan over medium heat, and cook for 1 minute.

Slowly pour the cream into the pan, and whisk constantly.

Cook until the cream thickens, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the nutmeg, and season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Add the cream sauce into the pot with apparatus and pasta, stir in ½ cup Parmesan cheese until well combined.

Add a bit cooking liquid if the pasta seems too thick.

Season with more salt and black pepper if needed.

Divide between two serving plates.

Top each plate with equal amount of crispy prosiutto, and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

Serve warm.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 320g (11.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 71340% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 15g 73%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 440mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 27%
Dietary Fiber 4g 18%
Sugars g
Protein 54g
Vitamin A 20% Vitamin C 12%
Calcium 46% Iron 28%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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