Pasta with Ham and Asparagus

Check out this easy pasta recipe that uses some pantry staples and everyday ingredients to get big flavor. I created this one day as I was whipping up some lunch by using some odds and ends in the fridge. You can add any kind of vegetables you like and can switch out the ham for bacon or any kind of lunch meat like smoked turkey, salami or roast beef.

Pasta with Ham and Asparagus

  • 8 oz. Pasta
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 C Asparagus, chopped
  • 1 tsp. Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 Lemon, Juiced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, cook the pasta for one minute less than directed. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil to the pan, when it smokes sauté the asparagus and ham for 2 minutes, add the garlic and cook for one minute then turn off the heat. When the pasta is done, turn the heat back on the asparagus, add the pasta and 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the pan and toss. Add the cheese, lemon, salt and pepper, toss well and serve immediately.

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