Friday, February 15, 2013

Penne with Wilted Arugula and Prosciutto

Penne with Wilted Arugula and Prosciutto

Last week at school I had to do “Gate Duty.”  Each teacher is required to do 3 gates – meaning that you have to sit and collect money at some sport event, usually in a two hour shift.  Like a fool, I thought it would be easy to get two of them done in a row.  Wrong.  That means that Monday after a long day of school, I had to stay two more hours and collect money for the volleyball game.  Then Tuesday, after a long day at school, I went home, petted the kitty cats, grabbed a quick bite to eat and went back to school to collect money at the wrestling match.  Not a good idea.  By Thursday I was pretty much done with the week.  Luckily, Thursday night’s menu was Penne with Wilted Arugula and Prosciutto from Donna Hay’s   The Instant Cook 

I always turn to Donna Hay when I want a simple, quick, flavorful meal on the table.  She is the master of using simple ingredients.  What I really liked about this recipe (besides how yummy it was) was learning the technique of broiling the prosciutto.  This worked really quickly and created less mess than using a skillet.  I used aluminum foil on the baking sheet, so clean up was minimal.

Penne with Wilted Arugula and Prosciutto

  • 14 oz penne
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 1/2 oz baby arugula
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • parmesan cheese (optional)

Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente.  Drain and return to the pan.  Cook the prosciutto for 2-3 minutes under a preheated broiler or until crisp.  Set aside.  Add the oil, balsamic, arugula, salt and pepper to the pasta and toss to combine.  Place in bowls and top with the prosciutto (I just tossed it in with everything else).  Serve with Parmesan cheese if you’d like.  (I liked)

Serves 4



This will be my entry for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum!


Joanne said...

I can't believe they make teachers do these after school things! Seems wrong. Thank god for this pasta dish!

Kim said...

Seems like they could get volunteers to work the gate instead of forcing teachers to do it. I could easily enjoy this meal any night of the week! Delicious.

Big Dude said...

Good looking dish Pam. I'd have to sub a different green though. As popular as arugula seems to be in blogs and on TV, I just can't make myself like it - even grew my own one year and it was still a no-go - it sold well at the farmers market though.

shabby girl said...

Hmmm, sounds a lot like dinner tonight! :)

Mary said...

What a lovely recipe. Your photos of the pasta look like they were done by a professional. You are an accomplished woman. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

Chris said...

I need something simple like this tonight. No gate duty for me this week but I am beat!

Marjie said...

And I'll bet the kittycats were happy to help you out with this meal! Aren't you glad your gate duty is over?

Catherine said...

Mmmm....this dish looks very yummy!
Love your 'Wordless Wednesday' photo - so pretty!
xo Catherine

a good yarn said...

Even after all this time I still have to check broiling - our grilling. Your grilling is our bbq-ing and we just don't have an equivalent for your bbq-ing I think. Grilled prosciutto is amazing. I love it and make this dish with baby spinch as I can't eat arugula (rocket).

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Oh, I think I will be making this veggie style soon. Yum!

grace said...

the word 'wilted' always makes me feel sad for some reason, but there's no reason for those feelings here--this is a tasty dish! sorry you had so many long days right in a row, that's a stinker.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Two days in a row - you definitely made hard work of that "gate duty" thing. Still at least you only have one more to suffer now :-)

Love this dish - that's totally my kind of dinner. I'm a huge Donna Hay fan too - definitely the woman to turn to when you want quick and easy after a hard day at the gate!!