Ham, Edamame, Mint Pasta + Truffled Breadcrumbs

Jun 02, 2007 by kiteless | 1 Comments| Share it:   

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  • Prep: ~30 mins.
  • Cook: ~30 mins.
  • Serves: 2

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz linguine
  • About 1/4 cup chunk ham (this is Niman Ranch black forest ham, it's yummy)
  • Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 3/4 cup, finely shredded)
  • about 1/3 cup Edamame shelled
  • about 2 TB Fresh mint chopped
  • Butter
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Truffle oil (not pictured)
  • Some leftover bread (not pictured)

Step 1

I forgot to take pics of all of this step, but first, grate some bread (I used a microplane). Put them in a small nonstick skillet with a little butter over low heat. Stir occasionally until golden brown. Pour a little truffle oil, toss, and cook for just 30 seconds or so. Place on paper towels to drain the excess oil, and set aside.

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Step 2

Grate some cheese finely (about a cup). Cut up your ham. I used intentionally rough cuts to give it some texture. Don't use deli ham, it won't have the same toothsome texture.

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Step 3

Cook the edamame. I buy the frozen stuff and just microwave it for a few minutes. Shell it and, if you like, remove the outer skin. It won't taste much different, but you won't have the slippery skin and you can see the color is much more vibrant.

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Step 4

Boil your pasta in salted water. Drain, but reserve about quarter cup of water. Toss in the edamame and ham, and drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and tablespoon or two of the reserved cooking water. Toss in some freshly cracked black pepper to taste, and stir in the cheese, a little bit at a time. At the very end, chop up some mint and throw it in. You won't need salt as the cheese and ham are salty enough.

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Step 5

Plate, and top with the truffled breadcrumbs. This is so good. The truffled breadcrumbs add a lovely earthy crunch, the mint lightens the ham and cheese, it just all works together really well. If you skip the breadcrumbs and don't skin the soybeans, you can do all the prep (cook and shell the beans, chop the ham and mint, and grate the cheese) while you're waiting for the water to boil, and then while the pasta is cooking. I did this a few days ago and dinner was done, start to finish, in 25 minutes.

Now that you have learned how to make ham, edamame, mint pasta + truffled breadcrumbs, please be sure to view these other pasta recipes. Also, you will love these American recipes.

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user does not have an avatar kristinn

Mar 23, 2010

This is really nice, my friends and I are looking for a new pasta recipe, maybe we can try it ^^ and maybe we can add some more spice since we all like it hot and minus the mint ;p (but I will try it in my own kitchen since I really like NEW things).

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