Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pasta Nonna

Pasta Nonna has all the wonderful flavors of Italy. There's artichoke, peas, asparagus, tomato and prosciutto all in 1 meal.  It is a creation by Nonna Battaglia which I love.  When naming it, my daughters and I thought it would be only right to give Nonna the proper recognition.  My mother is great at creating. She creates good food, but that's not her Secret Sauce. She really has an incredible ability in creating an environment. A place where everyone wants to go, a place where everyone feels comfortable. That's my Momma...shes got the Secret Sauce.

You'll need:

1 lb pasta, I used mezzi rigatoni. Bow ties or penne work well too
2 16 oz cans of whole artichokes, drained
1 bunch of asparagus, washed and cut into thirds
2 small chicken bouillon cubes (or 1 large Knorr bouillon rectangle)
8 ozs frozen peas (or canned if you do not have frozen available)
1 small onion
1/4 lb prosciutto slices or cubes, sauteed by themselves in a small pan, set aside till end
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium tomato, chopped or 1/2 cup tomato sauce
Pepper to taste
Grated cheese to top, I love Pecorino Romano

Put a pot with 6 quarts of salted water on to boil.
Boil pasta according to instructions for al dente.
While that's coming to a boil, in a large pan sauté onion on medium flame in oil for 5 min.
While onion is sauteing, cook prosciutto in small pan, with no oil till crispy, set aside.
Add artichoke, asparagus, peas, butter, bouillons, and pepper to onions.
Add 1 cup water and cover, simmer on medium for 8 minutes, turn off and leave covered.
Drain pasta, put in serving bowl and add contents of pan. Top with prosciutto and grated cheese, but light on the cheese because the prosciutto is a bit salty.

Total cook and prep time 15 minutes :)

That's my oldest daughter!


  1. Does this ever look good! I love finding a new recipe for artichoke, this really looks good, thanks for sharing your recipe can't wait to try.

  2. Thanks for your comment, it was delish!! That salty prosciutto on that silky sause was to die for!

  3. From the ingredients I can understand it was a big hit. I love the flavors incorporated in this dish!

  4. hi Katerina, love ur name :) it was so good. hope you try it soon. let me know how it turns out

  5. I love a tribute to Nonna! I love that this uses spring vegetables!

  6. Hi Vincent, love ur site, will do! Feel free to add my site too:)

  7. This sounds delicious! And so colorful. I love how cooking in your family is passed down from generation to generation. So cool!

  8. Thanks Merut. What kinda bat is that in your profile? Looks like it has bunny ears!!

  9. Made this tonight for dinner. Absolutely loved it. So easy and a bright change to pasta. The only thing that could have been better would have been if my lil ones didn't pick out all the asparagus and artichokes!


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