Penne with Asparagus, Prosciutto and Smoked Gouda #SundaySupper

They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  Agree or not, we all get our inspiration somewhere.

When I first started cooking, and I mean really cooking, my inspiration came from the chefs I watched on FoodTV.  I have been enamored with cooking shows for a long, long time.  I remember playing in my grandmother’s back yard, pulling various weeds and pretending to cook with them.  I fell in love with chefs like Justin Wilson and Julia Child.  I even watched the local news just to catch the cooking segment that came on during the broadcast.

My love affair with cooking shows has never wavered.

Sometime around 2004 or so, I was hitting FoodTV pretty hard and I came across Giada De Laurentiis’ Everyday Italian.  Growing up, Italian was something pasta covered with tomato sauce.  Many trips to the Olive Garden early in my marriage only perpetuated those erroneous thoughts.  Giada taught me that all I knew about Italian cooking was wrong.  I don’t think I’ve ever followed a recipe of hers down to the last exact detail, but she taught me to love Italian food and that it did not have to be pasta covered in tomato sauce.

One of my favorite recipes from Giada is for a spaghetti dish – but not one with tomato sauce.  Smoked mozzarella and prosciutto come together to make a cheesy, salty, delicious sauce – one that tomato sauce can’t even compare to.

I change up the pasta and the type of cheese, but the basics are still the same…

Penne with Asaparagus, Prosciutto and Smoked Gouda

2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
1 lb penne pasta
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut crosswise into strips
6 ounces smoked gouda cheese, diced (about 1 cup)
6 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Cook the asparagus in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. With a spider or slotted spoon, remove asparagus from boiling water to a bowl of ice water to cool and stop the cooking. When cool, strain, cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces, and set aside.

Return the water in the pot to a boil, adding additional water, if necessary. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add asparagus to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the pasta, and if needed, some of the reserved cooking liquid. Toss to coat. Add the prosciutto, gouda, and basil, and toss to combine. Turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

The rest of the #SundaySupper team is also sharing chef inspired recipes today.  Stop in and learn about their favorite chefs and what dishes they’ve inspired.

Starters or Snacks :

Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog – Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper

Linda at The Urban Mrs. – Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa

Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts – Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn

Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings – Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup

Jeff at The Catholic Foodie – Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh

Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee – Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli

The Main Dish:

Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s  Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples

Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun

Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends – Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots

Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen – Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi

Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s

Lane over at Supper for a Steal – Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken

Tara from Noshing with the Nolands – Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini

Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by,  Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Kris over at In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene – Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf

Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes – Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches

Becca from It’s Yummilicious – Ina Garten’s Grown Up Bacon Mac & Cheese

Alice at  Hip Foodie Mom – Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon

Jen over at  Juanita’s Cocina – The Neely’s White Turkey Chili

Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips – Crockpot Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis

Isabel at Family Foodie – Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English

Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet – Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse

Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen – Cheesy Poblano Chicken

Patti at Comfy Cuisine – Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese

Roxanne over at The Roxx Box – Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille

Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom – Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’

Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork

Elisabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle – Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice

Amazing Sides:

Megan from I Run For Wine – Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme

Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip –  Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate

Shelby at  Diabetic Foodie – Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten

Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles – Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

Sweet Endings:

Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart

Conni at The Foodie Army Wife – Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake

Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes – Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart

Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake

Katy over at Happy Baking Days – Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart

Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen – Southern Tea Cakes

Amy over at Kimchi MOM – Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You

Lyn from The Lovely Pantry – Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares

Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts

Wine Pairings: 

Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

As always, join us on Twitter at 7 PM EST to chat it up!  Just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and jump right in!

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36 Responses to Penne with Asparagus, Prosciutto and Smoked Gouda #SundaySupper

  1. Renee says:

    So true that there is much more to Italian than tomato sauce. I have also been inspired by Giada and very much enjoy her recipes. This one looks quite tasty and just the kind of pasta dish I could eat frequently.

  2. I think my husband would die if I made this for dinner. All of his favorite things in one dish. Great recipe to feature this week!

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  6. Can’t lose with smoked gouda! Love it!!

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  9. Katie says:

    This recipe sounds like a winner! I wish I could see how drool-worthy it turned out…I love Giada’s recipes!

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  17. Giada has shown me a lot about Italian food too, more than I ever thought it would be!
    This sounds delicious, I love asparagus!

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  22. Tora Estep says:

    This sounds like a delicious pasta dish. I look forward to asparagus season when I can try it!

  23. Tara says:

    I love pastas like this with simple great ingredients to create something fantastic. Giada does it again and again!!

  24. LOVE LOVE LOVE her too!! One of my favs! Thanks for sharing Momma!

  25. You had my heart at asparagus, but you captured my stomach with procuitto! YUM!

  26. Asparagus, prosciutto and smoked Gouda all in the same dish? Be still my fork! I too loved Justin and Julia. Can you imagine if they had ever done a show together? 🙂

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  28. I love Giada, and this sounds fabulous! Asparagus and prosciutto are two of my favorite foods.

  29. Asparagus, Prosciutto and Smoked Gouda?! I don’t think this dish could get any more perfect.

  30. This is my kind of pasta. I love each and every ingredient, and asparagus are in season now!

  31. Sarah says:

    Italian is one of my favorites because it is so easy to make and delicous. I think it’s one of the best cuisines to start with to learn the basics as a home cook.

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  33. Can I just tell you I looooove all three of these ingredients… Asparagus, Proscuitto and gouda… going to the store to make this immediately!

  34. YUM. You had me at Gouda and Prosciutto. I cannot wait to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing at #SundaySupper!

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  36. Look great! Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared

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