Saturday, November 2, 2013

Linguine with Lemon, Prosciutto and Cream

It's Saturday and I am so very happy that it is.  I have been completely exhausted all week long.  I don't know if it is the change of seasons (or the change of life).  Whatever it is, I am looking forward to a little bit of sleeping in tomorrow morning.  Angus and Theo I'm sure will have a different opinion on whether I get to have some extra shut eye or not. I wish I could say that shutting my bedroom door would persuade them, but Angus has learned to "knock" on the door with his very large bear paw.  Needless to say, he always wins.

Halloween is finally over and we can get on with the Fall.  The black and orange decorations will come down this weekend and in with the harvest cornucopias, Pilgrims and fall foliage all around the house.  My favorite is the pumpkin pie and apple cinnamon candles that I love to take in.  Truthfully I like having them all year long, as they just always seem to keep the house smell so warm and cozy (especially when the dogs are overdue on their baths).
One of last spring's garage sale finds - I love beautiful bargains!!
Tonight is girls night in.  Husband is out of town for a few days, which means a "carb fest" for us girls.  He is not a big fan of pasta - probably because I like to experiment with it so much.  How can you not though - all those fun shapes, varieties of sauces, various veggies and proteins you can put with it.

The girls' favorite Thanksgiving decoration that we have had forever.
Both girls have requested their take on an Alfredo sauce.  I have The Pioneer Woman's recipe for the younger one - she loves this version of the sauce. It is so basic, easy and delicious.  Goes great with every type of pasta and especially with some grilled chicken on top.  

The older one has a more mature, high maintenance palette.  She loves exotic tastes and layered flavors - nothing boring or simple about this girl.

Linguine with Lemon and Cream
Cuisine At Home, October 2006 issue

8 slices prosciutto or ham, cut crosswise into strips
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
4 tsp. lemon zest, minced 
freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 lb. dry linguine

1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated

Saute prosciutto in melted butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Add broth and cook 1 minute.

Stir in cream, lemon juice and zest.  Reduce heat to low and cook for 2 minutes, then season with pepper.  Keep the sauce covered and warm while cooking the pasta.

Prepare linguine according to package directions.  Drain; transfer to the pan with the sauce and stir over medium heat to incorporate.

Off heat, stir in cheese; transfer to a serving platter.

Garnish with additional lemon zest.

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