Zesty Lemon Cream Pasta with Prosciutto & Asparagus

No reservations required for this date night special! Pour a glass of wine and enjoy this creamy pasta with prosciutto and asparagus together in the comforts of your own kitchen.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 oz prosciutto, cut in bite-sized strips
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 8-oz Zesty Lemon Hommus
  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed to 1-inch pieces
  • 1½ cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¾ cup fresh basil
  • Lemon zest for garnish
Serves 4 Total 30-60 Minutes

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon salt to a rapid boil.
  2. Add the pasta and cook for 8 minutes.
  3. Add the asparagus and cook for 4 minutes more.
  4. Reserve ½ cup pasta water and set aside.
  5. Drain pasta and return cooked pasta and asparagus to pan.
  6. While pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  7. Add the prosciutto and cook until it is crispy, about 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from pan and set aside.
  9. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  10. Stir in the cream and Zesty Lemon Hommus and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  11. Pour the cream sauce over the cooked pasta and asparagus, tossing lightly to coat.
  12. Stir in the Parmesan and fresh basil, then toss lightly with the crispy prosciutto. Use the reserved pasta water, a tablespoon or two at a time, until pasta is desired consistency.