Sunday, September 20, 2009

Ham & Asparagus Spaghetti

As a result of the Food Network Chef's Cooking Challenge, I've spent some time looking at their recipes choosing ones I'd like to try. Normally, I'm a big fan of finding recipes on blogs, because I know they are tried and true - not likely to look good on presentation alone like those prepared for TV might.

We tried a ham and asparagus spaghetti, which we found pretty good, although Frog Prince kept asking "where's the sauce"? We thought a sauce might have made this dish a little creamier, but it's certainly a nice light dinner, perfect for summer. Mushrooms would make an excellent addition to this dish.

Ham and Asparagus Spaghetti - Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

1 tsp. olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti/linguine
~1 lb. asparagus, washed and cut
6 oz. ham, thinly sliced
6 oz. smoked mozzarella cheese, cubed
2 tsp. basil, dried

Star by bringing water to a boil and cook pasta until done.

Meanwhile, saute the garlic in a little olive oil until the garlic smell is strong.

Add asparagus and saute until crisp-tender and a nice green color.

Toss in the strips of ham, and saute for ~5 minutes.

While ham cooks, chop up the smoked mozzarella into chunks.

Add cooked and drained pasta to the asparagus/ham mixture.

Toss in the mozzarella and basil.

Stir to combine.

Remove from the heat and serve warm.


  1. This sounds really good. I just want to let you know that I have been following your blog for awhile and I really enjoy it. I am new to this and I hope you could help me get started on my own? Thanks

  2. Yum! I agree that mushrooms would make a lovely addition. I think mushrooms belong in every meal :D

    I have some ham in the freezer and this just might be a good way to use it up :D

  3. Sometimes a dry pasta can be made more moist bu using a little of the water in which the pasta cooked. Would this have helped? It looks delicious.


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