Everything I Like Causes Cancer

Where we've been convinced to write a new post on Dec. 2. Stay tuned!

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.

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
Parmesan shavings

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!


Anonymous said...

That looks really good- I predict a new series of cool recipe posts in your future.


You should make a series of cool recipe posts in the future.

Valerie said...

I am so hungry right now

Fancy Schmancy said...

That looks awesome!

SkylersDad said...

I love it when you do food porn!

Scope said...

It's fun to change up your ammonia for a day.

Cowguy said...

It's like the added bonus of having to eat your veggies isn't it?

Nic said...

Soooo, is it 1/2 c. parmesan, or 1/4 c.? Ingredients say 1/4, narrative says 1/2. I expect my blog-recipes to be a little more accurate!!

Gwen said...

Nic: I did that just to see if you were paying attention. (LIE) It's a 1/4 cup in the dish and a 1/4 cup as garnish. Smartass.

Jules said...

Yum! Thanks!!

Girl Interrupted said...

OMG! Are you trying to fatten me up? Because my mother will love you forever if you succeed :P

words...words...words... said...

Uh, YUM.

Anonymous said...

Well you're not using my bathroom missy. Nor the bushes or fence like last time.

Soda and Candy said...

I bet that's fucking delicious. I also imagine you wearing an adorable apron and shirtdress combo while you make it.

Sandy said...

No.. must.. resist.. desire to... drooolll...

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

That is right up my alley - I've never tried orzo, but it sounds much easier than the constant galley slave stirring required for risotto. Thanks Gwennie - looks great.

mary said...

This works out great, Gwen, because I lost my recipe right after I made it for the party!
And to The Lady: That's exactly the reason why orzo is in it and not risotto; I'm not into stirring constantly.