Kale, asparagus and mascarpone pasta

Grab some great fresh ingredients, add a sprinkle of time and hey presto, you have dinner! Use the best produce you can afford and your reward is a delicious savoury pasta that will please everyone. You can also use chicken instead of the ham if you prefer and it is just as tasty.

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Ingredients- serves 2
Glug of oil
1 shallot- finely sliced or chopped
1 clove of garlic- grated
1 red chilli- finely chopped
2 anchovy fillets- drained from their oil and finely chopped
200g conchiglie (shells)
150-200g fresh kale- stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
Small pack asparagus- large stems halved
50g parma ham or similar- sliced
4 tbsp mascarpone
Juice from half a fresh lemon
30g Parmesan cheese- grated

1. Start off by boiling a pan of water ready for the pasta and cook according to the packet instructions. When the pasta is 4 minutes from being ready, add the kale before draining well. Meanwhile get going with the sauce by grabbing a large frying pan, heating the oil over a medium heat and frying the shallot, garlic and chilli for one minute. Next up goes the sliced anchovy which will add a savoury hit. Stir well to ensure that the fillets break down.

2. Stir in the asparagus and ham to fry off so it begins to soften (or it is also delicious with a bit more crunch still if you prefer). Lower the temperature and add in the mascarpone and stir well to combine. Add the drained pasta and kale before giving a good squeeze of lemon juice and a grating of parmesan to finish. Serve immediately in warmed bowls and enjoy!

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