Monday, February 15, 2010

Super Fast, Super Easy, Super Delicious!

I've been cookin' up a storm lately so be ready for lots of recipes to be shared.  Leading off is the meal my husband and I made together for Valentine's Day this weekend.  It's simple and fast and making it together is twice as nice. :)

Rigatoni with Prosciutto and Parmesan (from Everyday with Rachael Ray)

1 lb. rigatoni pasta
1/4 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 shallot, chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth (I use low sodium)
1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
2 oz. prosciutto, cut into 1/4 inch strips
Salt and pepper (I omit the salt...definitely doesn't need it!)

In a pot of boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente, 9-10 minutes. 

Meanshile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the shallot and cook, stirring until softened, about 2 minutes.  Add the chicken broth, bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium.  Add the pasta and toss to coat.

Remove the skillet from heat and stir in 1 cup cheese and the prosciutto.  Season with salt and pepper (or just pepper) and toss.  Top with additional cheese, if desired.

The entire dinner takes less than 15 minutes to make (toss together a nice spinach salad while the pasta is just getting started cooking).  It's very simple in its ingredients which blend together nicely but still hold their own in a unique way.  It's hard to describe but I think you'll see (or rather taste) what I mean when you make it for yourself.  It's also low in calories (if you can stick to a single serving) coming in at just over 350 calories per serving.  Not sure it gets better than that in a pasta dish that is still really tasty!  Enjoy!

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