For the Love of Italian Cooking is the official cookbook of the Sons of Italy, featuring recipes from OSIA members across the country.
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Pasta & Asparagus
1 pound fresh asparagus, bias sliced into 1-inch pieces
4 ounces prosciutto, coarsely chopped (about ¾ cup)
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup light cream or half & half
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounces hot cooked pasta
In a covered saucepan, cook asparagus in a small amount of boiling salted water 8 to 10 minutes or until just tender; drain.
In a large saucepan, cook prosciutto, onion, celery in butter about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add cream or half & half, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in cooked asparagus; heat thoroughly.
Toss asparagus mixture and Parmesan cheese with pasta until coated. Serve immediately.
Bev and Bob Amante
Peninsula Italian-American Lodge #2145
Newport News, VA
Grand Lodge of Virginia