1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
7oz asparagus, thinly sliced diagonally
3-4 slices cooked ham, chopped
2 cups pasta shapes (such as bow ties or small tubes)
1 tablespoon water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, saut� the onion and garlic in the oil until soft.
2. Add the thyme, followed by the asparagus and ham. Cook over a moderate heat for 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally until the asparagus is slightly softened.
3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta shapes according to the instructions on the packet. Remove the sauce from the heat and add the water and lemon juice, followed by the drained, cooked pasta. Mix well and stir in the Parmesan.
4. Serve immediately with a salad. For variation, try using crispy cooked bacon instead of ham.
Makes 2-4 servings.