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Fusilli with asparagus and ham

The ham in this case is smoked boneless ham from Flying Pigs Farm, in upstate New York. Prosciutto crudo is an acceptable substitute. Either pancetta or guanciale are other possibilities. Can’t help you if you’re pork-phobic.

Pork has a transformative power to turn anything delicious.

asparagus, trimmed and cut into pieces
ham, diced
onion, thinly sliced
unsalted butter
kosher salt, to taste
cracked black pepper, to taste
cooked pasta
Parmagianno-Reggiano cheese, grated
minced herbs (chives, sage, or parsley)

Boil asparagus in salted water for 1-2 minutes, drain. Blanch in ice water immediately to preserve color. (Be sure to cook the tips separately.)

Brown onion in melted butter over medium heat, about 5-6 minutes. Add ham and asparagus; cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Check seasoning.

Fold in cooked pasta and asparagus tips, along with 1 T. reserved pasta water. Toss. Top with grated cheese and herbs, and serve immediately.

3 replies »

  1. Having fun at the farmer’s market I presume? Sounds delicious! My green market has yet to fire up, but I am counting the days…


  2. I go every other week.

    In fact, my next excursion will be next weekend (5/17).

    As I see it, brunch, then USGM, then home, then a jaunt to the bakery, then I’ll head to Bear Hill.


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