Cheese Curd, Asparagus, and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

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Cheese Curd, Asparagus, and Prosciutto Pasta Salad

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

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  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:20 minutes
  • Rated:

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon juice and 1 teaspoon zest from 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 pound fresh cheese curds (or mozzarella), broken into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Handful fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/2 pound fusilli (or other small shaped pasta)
  • 1 pound asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto

Directions

  1. 1.

    Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. Meanwhile, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the cheese curds and mint. Set aside.

  2. 2.

    Cook fusilli in boiling water to al dente according to directions on the packaging. With two minutes remaining, add asparagus pieces. Drain pasta and asparagus in a colander and immediately toss with the dressing. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

  3. 3.

    Serve the pasta salad with prosciutto slices added on top.