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Lemon Asparagus Prosciutto Pasta


  • 2 pounds asparagus trimmed
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti {I used gluten-free Quinoa Pasta}
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto cut crosswise into strips
  • 6 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese diced {about 1 cup}
  • 6 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan {optional}


  • Cook the asparagus in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove asparagus from boiling water to a bowl of ice water to cool and stop the cooking. When cool, strain, cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces, and set aside.
  • Return the water in the pot to a boil, adding additional water, if necessary. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add asparagus to the skillet. Add the pasta, and if needed, some of the reserved cooking liquid. Toss to coat. Add the prosciutto, smoked mozzarella, thinly sliced basil leaves, and juice of one fresh lemon. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan, if desired. Serve warm.