Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Yummy Wednesday - Ziti with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella, and Proscuitto

My sister gave me Giada's "Everyday Italian Cookbook" for my birthday this year...  LOVE it!  So far, this is one of my favorite recipes.  The hubby even said it was out of this world!  If you like fresh, light, smokey, creamy, beautiful pasta - this is it!  Give a try - you won't regret it!

Ziti with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto
From Giada De Laurentiis

Serves 4

You'll need:
8 ounces dried ziti or other tubular pasta
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
3 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, diced (about 1/2 cup)
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut crosswise into strips
3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil

To Make:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ziti and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the asparagus and cook until the pasta is tender but still firm to the bite, and the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain the pasta and asparagus, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil over a medium flame. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add the pasta, asparagus, 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper, and the 1 cup of reserved cooking liquid, and toss to coat. Remove the skillet from the heat. Add the mozzarella, prosciutto, and basil and toss to combine. Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the pasta to shallow bowls and serve.


Things I'm thankful for today:

1.  Sunshine!
2.  Lunch with Em and Elly - Elly was full of smiles and giggles.
3.  Wonderful articles left on my desk.
4.  A nice note from a youth group kid.
5.  Raspberry iced tea.
6.  Did I mention sunshine?
7.  Feeling like I got a lot done today.
8.  Going to an outdoor concert tonight.
9.  The hubby joining me for the concert.
10.  Looking forward to tomorrow with Andrea!

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