Black Pepper Pasta Salad with Prosciutto, Asparagus, and Romano

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Helen Crowther

This mayonnaise-based pasta salad veers from the traditional with salty Italian ham, nutty asparagus, and a generous grinding of pepper.

Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 35 Minutes
Total: 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 208
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 1.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Protein: 9.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 27.9g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Iron: 2.5mg
  • Sodium: 367mg
  • Calcium: 86mg

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked cavatappi pasta or elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups (1 1/2-inch) slices asparagus (about 1 pound)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 6 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1 1/2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, grated (about 1/3 cup packed)

Preparation

  1. 1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add asparagus during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain.
  2. 2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add prosciutto, and cook for 6 minutes or until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove prosciutto from pan using a slotted spoon, leaving drippings in pan. Drain prosciutto on paper towels. Add the shallots to drippings in pan; cook over medium heat for 1 minute or until shallots are tender, stirring frequently.
  3. 3. Combine mayonnaise, lemon rind, tarragon, juice, pepper, and salt in a large bowl; stir well. Add pasta, asparagus, three-fourths prosciutto, shallots, tomato, and cheese; toss well to coat. Top servings evenly with remaining prosciutto.
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