My friend Mary brought this to a party and I fell in love - with her and the dish. It's simple to make and has everything you could possibly want: pasta, salty meat, fresh veggies, and cheese. It makes a lot so either serve it at a dinner party or be prepared to eat it for several days. That said, it was still very good as leftovers and there might even have been a midnight raid where I ate it straight out of the fridge. Still delicious.
Posted by Gwen | Labels: Foodgasms
4 T. butter, split
2 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into strips
1 1/4 c. orzo
3 c. chicken broth
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and snapped into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
Melt 2 T. butter in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto and saute until almost crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towel to drain.
Melt the second 2 T. butter in the same pan over high heat. Add orzo and stir for one minute. Add broth and bring to a boil Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until orzo begins to soften, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
Add asparagus; cover and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Uncover; simmer until almost all liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Mix in prosciutto and 1/2 c. grated cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with cheese shavings.
It's rich so the acidity of the sliced-and-salted tomatoes was a nice balance.
Fun side effect on your body? Smelly pee.
I had a glass of sauvignon blanc with it but my home-brewed iced tea, while less intoxicating, would be equally lovely.
Bon appetite, mes amis!
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