Homemade Pasta with Prosciutto & Orange

Hello Leggycooks fans and happy 2015! 2014 was a year for the record books for me. I traveled to the Dominican Republic for the first time,  graduated from nursing school, wed my amazing partner Brian, went on my honeymoon, moved back to Santa Monica, passed my licensing exam, got a puppy,  and rounded out the year interviewing for jobs in what I expect to be an amazing career path…Whew!

Anyhow on to what you are no doubt here for; the food! This pasta dish is absolutely delicious and bursting with the unexpected brightness of orange that is perfectly married to the rich sauce and the savory bite of the prosciutto. You don’t need to make your own pasta for this dish and skipping that step makes this an ultra fast recipe, but if you want to really indulge yourself or your guests I strongly encourage you to give homemade pasta a shot. On that note making pasta is like making bread; there are even fewer ingredients but practice makes perfect and if you are a novice keep a box of pasta handy in case your fist few attempts don’t quite turn out how you hoped.

Without further ado here are the instructions for a delicious and simple pasta dish that will warm your tummy and get your second week of 2015 off to a great start.

Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Orange by David Downie

Servings: 4
Kosher salt
12 oz. egg tagliatelle or fettuccine (preferably fresh)
2 Tbsp. (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
2 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1′ pieces
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season with salt; add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until 1 minute before al dente, about 2 minutes for fresh pasta, longer for dried. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto; sauté until browned, about 3 minutes.
Add reserved pasta water, orange juice, half of zest, and cream; bring to a boil. Add pasta; cook, stirring, until sauce coats pasta and pasta is al dente, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cheese and divide among warm bowls. Sprinkle remaining orange zest over pasta.

AND if you want to try your hand at making fresh pasta here is a great cooking tutorial video to reduce your headaches and with any luck help you create delicious fresh pasta on your fist try.