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Pasta with Prosciutto and Chevre
original recipe from Thyme for Cooking (changes marked * and in bold)

1 red onion (*i used shallots)
2 cloves garlic
12 Greek or black olives, pitted (did not use)
12 green olives, pitted (did not use)
8 oz white beans (cannellini) ( *used one 14-oz can)
1 tbs olive oil
3 oz (60gr) fresh spinach (*used about 6 oz)
6 – 8 slices (4oz, 125gr) Prosciutto, Serrano, Bayonne (mine) or other dry-cured ham (*used 5 oz)
2/3 box chevre (goat cheese) – the little cartons of creamy goat cheese, 5 oz (150 gr)
(Chavrie in U.S. Chevraux in France) (*i used Stickney Farms Garlic/Herb goat cheese- one log)
1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese (*did not use)
1 1/4 cup pasta (* I used 1# Ronzoni Seven Grain pasta)
Half a container of Grape Tomatoes, sliced in half.
1/2 c. frozen baby peas

Katie’s Thyme for Cooking method: Cook pasta according to package instructions.
While waiting for the water to boil, prepare sauce:
Thickly slice onions. Mince garlic. Slice ham into large strips. Cut olives in half. Drain and rinse the beans. If spinach leaves are large cut in half. Heat oil in medium non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender. Add garlic and ham. Sauté for 10 minutes longer, until ham is slightly crispy. Add olives, beans and goat cheese and heat through. When pasta is done, drain but don’t shake every last bit of water off. Put the spinach on top of the sauce in the skillet, add the hot pasta and stir to combine. Sprinkle with cheese, stir again and serve.

Kate in the Kitchen’s Method:
Thinly slice shallot, mince garlic and chop prosciutto. Drain and rinse white beans. Rinse, and de-stem spinach. Slice tomatoes. While pasta water boils, heat olive oil in large skillet and add shallot, saute for about 5 minutes. Add in garlic, stir and cook for about a minute. Add in prosciutto, cook for about 10 minutes. Add pasta to pot when ready and cook al dente. When prosciutto is slightly crispy, add in crumbled goat cheese and break up with a spoon. Scoop up some of the pasta water and add it to the skillet, stirring it into the goat cheese to melt and loosen; add the peas, beans and tomato. Stir to combine and add in spinach. Allow to simmer on low heat while pasta cooks. Drain pasta, reserving more of the water; add pasta back to pot and pour goat cheese mixture over it, stirring to combine, adding in more pasta water if too thick. Heat through and serve.

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Summer Garden Tortellini

From Gourmet magazine, August 2007
1# cheese filled tortellini
1 clove garlic, minced
3 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
2 ½ c. corn kernels
1 red pepper, cored and diced**
2-3 large tomatoes, peeled and diced
2-4 T. cooked wheat berries** (optional, I thought they would add to the healthy oomph)
½ c. shredded spinach**
¼ c. chopped basil
Salt and pepper

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and reserve about ½ c. pasta cooking water. Saute pepper over medium heat in 2 T. of butter until soft, add prosciutto, garlic and corn and cook 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine with tomatoes in large bowl and add cooked, drained tortellini, wheatberries, spinach and basil. Stir gently to combine, adding some pasta water if needed. Add in shredded parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes: The items with the two stars (**) are items I added to the recipe myself. I know very few people who keep cooked wheatberries on hand; they are not an essential to this recipe so don’t worry about them. The spinach was a really tasty addition, and the pepper is a favorite of mine- hardly any vegetable dish gets made in my house without a pretty colored pepper.

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