Trottole with Asparagus and Ham {Poor Man's Version}

Sometimes life takes us on some wild and crazy rides and we have no choice but to take it as it comes, hold on tight, and make the best of the ride.  There have been a lot of changes around our house lately and some challenges too.  When life gets crazy like this it's easy to get out of the habit of making a really good, satisfying meal to share with the family and instead just throwing something cheap and fast together to eat on the run.  Usually those meals aren't very healthy or satisfying.

I was drawn to this dish because of how amazingly simple it is to make...and it's Italian...and it has asparagus...and olive oil...and it's a one dish kinda meal (I really like those kind!).  PERFECTO!

So simple to make you won't believe how deliciously satisfying this is!

1 lb. Trottole Pasta
1 lb. asparagus cut in to pieces about 1.5 inches long
1/4 to 1/2 lb. thin sliced deli ham ~ Prosciutto would normally be used but this is the poor man's version ;)
2-3 medium ripe tomatoes sliced into thin wedges
1/2 cup olive oil (I use 'rich in flavor' EVOO)
2 T. lemon juice (mine came right out of that cute little lemon shaped bottle)
3 T. fresh basil chopped
Lemon Pepper
Parmesan Cheese to taste

  • Cook Trottole Pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking saute asparagus on medium high heat in 2 T. EVOO for a couple of minutes max.
  • Tear ham into bite sized pieces and throw in with asparagus for one minute to bring out it's flavor.
  • Add asparagus, ham, tomatoes, basil, remaining olive oil, lemon juice and lemon pepper to drained pasta and toss to blend.
  • Add parmesan to Trottone and serve in shallow pasta bowls.  

Buon appetito!

This was our first time trying this dish and as we finished eating my man exclaimed "That was one darn good meal!"  The little man dished up his own but left out all of the asparagus, tomatoes and ham.  All the good stuff, am I wrong???  I asked him to give it a try with more than just pasta and he did.  "I really like it!" he proclaimed when he was done with his second helping ( this time he included all the ingredients except the tomatoes.  Choose your battles wisely, right?).

These past few weeks have been extremely challenging.  I've been job hunting and dealing with some medical issues that needed dealing.  All around it's just been a crazy, hectic, unsure time and it was wonderful to share this delicious meal with my family and now you.  I hope you give it a try!

Whatever challenges you may be facing lately, I hope you are still able to enjoy the little pleasures found in everyday life...

With Love,

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  1. Actually, the dish looks pretty good. May have to give it a shot. Good job!

    1. Thank you Rich! Let me know how you like it. If you like Italian dishes and olive oil I'm willing to bet you will love this. :)

  2. That looks delicious and easy. I'm going to have to try this one. Hope everything starts to calm down for you soon!

    1. Baye, enjoy! We really loved it. Thanks for your kind words too! I have faith that things will work out.

  3. Yum! That looks delicious. I have never seen that pasta before, but I'm sure there is a substitute!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend. Have a wonderful 4th of July :)

  4. It looks fabulous! We have been crazy busy too, but this looks like a do-able dinner idea!

  5. This looks wonderful! You had me at asparagus! Thanks for sharing! ~Tammy