Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Spaghetti with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto

This recipe confirms that I don't like boiled asparagus. Next time, I will definitely roast it before adding it to the dish. Other than that, it's delicious and makes great leftovers for lunch since you can eat it cold. I used rigatoni pasta rather than spaghetti since that's what I had in the pantry. Make sure you use smoked mozzarella and not the regular kind since it adds a great flavor to the dish. I think it would be bland without it. Do you have a pasta recipe that is good for lunch the next day?

Spaghetti with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto
by Giada De Laurentiis

2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
3/4 pound spaghetti
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

Cook the asparagus in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. With a spider or 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. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the pasta, and if needed, some of the reserved cooking liquid. Toss to coat. Add the prosciutto, mozzarella, and basil, and toss to combine. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.


  1. I don't care for boiled asparagus either. It reminds me of how it was cooked when I was a kid. Somehow I think you boil away the flavor.

    This dish does look delicious.