Quick week night meal: Pear, prosciutto, pesto pasta

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter ‘P’.

While I love to linger over a simmer pot of something delicious, most week nights I come home from work hungry.  I want to eat NOW.  This is where a dash of creativity, combined with a little pre-planning can go a long way.

Saute the pears

This particular Wednesday, I came home at the end of the day and wanted to eat immediately.  I had already decided on pasta, and then went through the fridge and cupboards looking for ingredients to make it exciting.  I found: pears, prosciutto, frozen cubes of pesto, and parmesan – perfect!

I really love sauteed pears in salad, but hadn’t though to put them in pasta until I saw Jessi Gillis of Highland Drive Storehouse Butchery do it at the “Meet Your Farmer at the Mall” event in September.

Here’s what went in my dinner:

1 serving of pasta, your choice of noodle shape
2 cubes of frozen pesto
1 pear, sliced
2-3 slices of prosciutto
2-3 tbsp parmesan, grated (if not already in the pesto)
oil or butter for the pan

Bring a pot of water to boil, add noodle and cook until al dente.  Saute sliced pears in oil or butter at medium heat until golden.  Defrost pesto.  In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta, sauteed pears, pesto, prosciutto, and parmesan.  Enjoy!

Note about the prosciutto: I was able to purchase local prosciutto from Ironwood Farm, from whom I purchase my CSA shares.  I’ve been hearing rumours of other local farmers and butcher shops with local, sustainably raised prosciutto, but would like to know more.  Any leads?

Yours in food,

Marla

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