Pasta with Peas, Asparagus, Butter Lettuce, and Prosciutto
Wilted butter lettuce is a surprisingly delicious addition to this pasta dish. Using campanelle or medium shell pasta is key here: The pasta catches all of the little ingredients, like the sweet green peas and the salty prosciutto.
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 0.5 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for sprinkling
- 1 head of butter lettuce or Boston lettuce (about 6 ounces), cored, leaves cut into 3/4-inch-wide slices
- 1 Pound campanelle (trumpet-shaped pasta) or medium (about 1-inch) shell-shaped pasta
- 2 cup shelled fresh peas (from about 2 pounds peas in pods) or 2 cups frozen petite peas, thawed
- 1.5 Pound asparagus, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces
- 0.5 cup low-salt chicken broth
- 0.5 cup dry white wine
- coarse kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp minced shallot
- 0.5 Pound spring onions or green onions (dark green parts discarded); white parts cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices, pale green parts cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for drizzling
- 4 Ounce thinly sliced prosciutto, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips
- Melt butter with 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and shallot. Sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper. Sauté until tender (do not brown), about 8 minutes. Add wine; increase heat to medium-high and simmer until liquid is reduced to glaze, about 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to simmer; set aside.
- Cook asparagus in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, 2 to 4 minutes, depending on thickness of asparagus. Using skimmer or slotted spoon, transfer to large bowl of ice water. Return water to boil. Add peas and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes. Using skimmer, transfer to bowl with asparagus. Drain vegetables.
- Return water in pot to boil. Cook pasta until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
- Meanwhile, reheat onion mixture. Add lettuce and stir just until wilted, about 1 minute. Add drained asparagus and peas; stir until heated through.
- Add pasta, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, and parsley to skillet with vegetables; toss, adding reserved pasta cooking liquid by 1/4 cupfuls if dry. Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer pasta to large shallow bowl. Sprinkle prosciutto over; drizzle with olive oil. Serve, passing more cheese alongside.
Recipe Credit: Molly Stevens
Image Credit: Lisa Hubbard