Lemon Tuscan Pasta


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When looking at some fresh ingredients in my fridge that I needed to use up, I was inspired to make this dish. I named it Lemon Tuscan Pasta. The Italian meat, the fresh lemon and bright green onions reminded me of a beautiful countryside sunset in Tuscany. Here is the recipe I came up with:

Ingredients:

  • one package of 100% whole wheat thin spaghetti or angel hair
  •  4 oz. of freshly chopped Prosciutto
  •  ½ c. of heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 whole lemon (for juice and zest)
  • 2 c. green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

  • Begin by boiling and draining your pasta
  • Shave the zest from the whole lemon, set aside
  • Saute zucchini in extra virgin olive oil, set aside
  • Using the same sauté pan from the zucchini, throw in your green onion, prosciutto, and about ½ of the lemon zest along with all of your cream (adjust to preference) on medium heat, continuously stirring until all ingredients are well blended and warmed through.
  • Pour the mixture of prosciutto, green onions, cream and lemon zest over your cooked pasta into a large family style bowl along with the cooked zucchini on top.
  • Garnish with the remaining lemon zest, Parmesan cheese and a generous squeeze of the juice from your shaved whole lemon. The lemon is a key factor; the more the better.
  • Serve and enjoy.
One single serving as shown provides: 370 calories, 8.9 g Fiber, 17 g Protein, 12.3 g fat, plus Vitamin A & C, Iron and calcium.
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