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I searched high and low all over our city to find some smoked mozzarella to make this recipe. I have been drooling over it for months. When I had almost given up, some friends were coming to visit from Calgary and I knew they had a cheese shop they loved. THEY could get me some smoked mozzarella!

Let me tell you....it was definitely worth the wait. Every once in a while it's nice to indulge a bit.

*Recipe from Giada de Laurentiis
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Serves 4

1 pound asparagus, trimmed
3/4 pound spaghetti
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut crosswise into strips
6 ounces smoked mozzarella cheese, diced (about 1 cup)
6 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil as well as a medium sized pot. Only fill the large pot up about half way. While you are waiting for the water to boil, trim the bottom 1 1/2 off the bottom of the asparagus. Once the salted water in the medium sized pot is boiling, add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes. In the meantime, get a large bowl with ice water ready. When the asparagus have cooked until they are tender crisp, scoop them out and add to the ice bath to stop the cooking. To flavor the pasta, pour the boiling asparagus water which is now green into the large pot. By now the large pot of water should be boiling, so add the spaghetti. Cook until al dente and then drain, but save about a cup of the pasta water.

In a large saute pan, drizzle in the olive oil and turn heat to medium. Remove the asparagus from the ice bath and cut crosswise into 1 inch pieces. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds, then add the asparagus. Season with salt and pepper. Add the spaghetti and toss around with the asparagus and garlic. You will probably have to add about 1/2 cup or more of the pasta water. Then add the smoked mozzarella, prosciutto and basil and turn off the heat. Keep tossing and as you do the cheese will melt. Serve with a little more fresh basil over the top.

Click here for printable version of Spaghetti with Smoked Mozzarella, Asparagus & Prosciutto
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THE RESULTS?
WOW. I am in Carb-Heaven! I love me a good bowl of pasta and this is incredible. This is the kind of pasta you would go out to an Italian restaurant for and pay at least $15 a person. My husband and figured it out for what we paid at home:
Spaghetti $1
Asparagus $1.75
Smoked Mozzarella $5
Prosciutto $3.50
Fresh Basil $1
Totalling: $12.25 and it made 4 portions...so $3.06 each.

This would be a great stay-at-home date with a bottle of wine. You will feel like you are at a little Italian Bistro. I love the robust flavor of the mozzarella. If you aren't an asparagus lover, I think this combination would be phenomenal with peas. The smokey flavor of the cheese, and the salty prosciutto would work really nicely with sweet little buds of peas popping in your mouth. Just a lovely dish.

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  1. Anonymous Says:

    I really loved this pasta! Easy to make and it tasted amazing.