This week for Thirty Minute Thursdays, cooking our way through Giuliano Hazan's Thirty Minute Pasta book with Glennis and whoever else wants to join us, I made Spaghetti al Mascarpone e Prosciutto (Spaghetti with Mascarpone and Prosciutto), on pages 132-133.
This recipe is a lot like Carbonara with a slightly different taste from the mascarpone which was very nice and creamy with a little more tang to it than the nuttiness of Parmigiano-Reggiano you find in Carbonara. We liked it very much.
The ingredient list: mascarpone, egg yolk, salt, proscuitto, spaghetti, and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
All the recipes in this book are easy and quick (hence the title 30 Minute Pasta), so it was nice to find another recipe that went together without a lot of fuss and bother. Also, it was a nice way to use up the last part of the carton of mascarpone that I had in the frig as it only takes a half cup for a whole recipe (I made half a recipe as that was plenty to go around). It made a nice side accompaniment to some grilled shimp and a small side salad of butter lettuce and grape tomatoes. A perfect summer's evening meal, and one that will be repeated for sure.
If you like the looks and sounds of it, buy the book as I am a believer in encouraging people to support the authors who put together these fabulous books by buying a copy, so you won't find the recipes posted from this book here. (Buy it, the recipes are easy, the ingredients are easy to locate, it's not pricey, and there are photos of almost all the recipes.)