Fusilli with green asparagus, parma ham and lemon juice

I threw this dish together the other day because a) it was too hot to eat anything heavy and b) I didn’t have anything else in the fridge!

Ingredients for 2 people

250gr fusilli noodles
1 bunch of green asparagus
8 cocktail tomatoes quartered
6 slices parma ham, roughly ripped into small pieces
small sprig of fresh rosemary finely chopped
small sprig of fresh oregano finely chopped
small sprig of lemon thyme finely chopped
1 clove of garlic
squeeze of lemon juice
chilli salt
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
small knob of butter
grated parmesan cheese

Cook the noodles according to package instructions. In the meantime cook the asparagus in boiling water until tender but they still need to have a bite. It usually takes about 6-7 minutes. (I cook my asparagus in water with one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of sugar and a small knob of butter but of course plain water will do just as well.)

Put a small knob of butter into a pan and add some olive oil to it. Add the chopped herbs, garlic and tomatoes and gently fry them. Once the tomatoes are soft add a squeeze of lemon juice.

Cut the asparagus in mouth size bites and add to the tomatoes and herbs. Then pour the noodles into the pan, add the parma ham and gently mix everything together. Put on a plate and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

It’s a wonderfully light dish and so quick to make.

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