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Snap off and discard woody portions of asparagus. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Cook asparagus in a small amount of boiling water about 5 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool.
For pesto, in a food processor or blender, combine asparagus, basil, cheese, walnuts, olive oil, water, garlic and pepper. Cover and process or blend until nearly smooth, scraping sides occasionally. Divide pesto into thirds. Transfer 2 portions to freezer containers. Freeze for up to 3 months. Set aside remaining portion.
Prepare gnocchi or rotini according to package directions.
Meanwhile, coat a skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Cook ham cubes in skillet until heated through. Stir remaining portion of the pesto into ham cubes; heat through. Drain gnocchi and toss with pesto-ham mixture.
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Raikramer 1 year agoI liked this a lot! Next time I'll actually try it with the gnocchi
Kellypierce 2 years agoVery good with left over Easter ham! Great dinner that the kids will eat too.
tyson 8 years agoRepublished with Permission, National Pork Council [I posted this recipe.]