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.
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 :)