Baked Pasta with Asparagus and Fiore Sardo PDO cheese
 
Baked Pasta with Asparagus and Fiore Sardo PDO cheese
 
INGREDIENTS (servings 4)

320 g / 11 oz candele spezzate (or ziti)

120 g / 4 oz Fiore Sardo PDO cheese

1 bunch of asparagus

150 g / 5 oz ricotta

250 g / 9 oz béchamel

80 g / 3 oz raw ham

100 g / 3.5 oz onion

salt, pepper

butter to taste

 
DIRECTIONS

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

For 4 people

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Remove the ends of the asparagus; peel, wash and boil them in salted water. Be careful not to overcook the asparagus, leaving some firmness. Keep the cooking water as it will be used to cook the pasta. Drain and cut the asparagus. Chop the ham and brown it in a pan with oil and finely chopped onion and a dollop of butter. Add a little bit of water to the pan and cook for 10 minutes. Add asparagus. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix ricotta, béchamel and 100 g / 3.5 oz of Fiore Sardo PDO cheese, and then add the asparagus and ham mixture. Cook pasta al dente in the asparagus cooking water, drain the pasta dress it with the sauce. Put it in a baking pan, add some butter flakes and the remaining Fiore Sardo PDO cheese. Cook for 20-25 minutes at 375°F.