Bright Spring Day Asparagus Pasta

This dish is supereasy to prepare, and the star ingredients can easily morph to match the fresh foods in your fridge.

asparagus pasta

This easy pasta dish takes advantage of the spring season's finest offerings.

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Serves 4 to 6.

Ingredients: 

2 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, quartered
12 ounces bowtie pasta
2 pounds asparagus, trimmed, chopped into 1-inch pieces with tips left whole
1 cup peas
1 cup fresh cooking greens (e.g., spinach, chard, dandelion), stems removed
2 tbsp olive oil
10 ounces smoked ham, such as Black Forest, diced (optional)
1 large leek (white and pale green parts) or sweet onion, chopped
2 to 4 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 cup lemon crema (see recipe at end of article)
2 tbsp coarse brown mustard
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Garnish: 1/4 cup chives, chopped 

Instructions: 
Bring stock and mushrooms to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep. Add pasta to boiling water, and cook for 7 minutes. Add asparagus, peas and greens, and cook 3 minutes more, or until pasta is al dente. Drain the liquid and return the pasta and veggies to the pot with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking.

Heat remaining oil in a deep skillet, then sauté ham (if using), leek and garlic over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in the crema, mustard, stock and mushrooms, and cook over medium heat for a couple minutes. Toss with pasta mixture, season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with chives, and serve immediately. 

See also:
Eat In Season: Asparagus

 

valerie.fuchs.77
4/29/2013 1:25:16 PM

Found it! Lemon Crema:  lemon-crema-recipe-zm0z11zalt.aspx#axzz2RsUfWBXy


valerie.fuchs.77
4/29/2013 1:23:38 PM

THis looks delicious, but where is the lemon crema recipe?


kathleen aloia
4/8/2012 6:34:16 AM

Hi, Zanne. I made the lemon crema but added only 2 teaspoons of lemon juice but all the zest and it's awesome. I am going to make this recipe Sunday and was wondering if you have made it. Was it good?


zanne horvath
4/6/2012 3:48:52 PM

I googled and found it - "never mind" :-}


zanne horvath
4/6/2012 3:35:11 PM

Anyone find the Lemon Crema recipe that goes with this. Main recipe says it is at end of article, but I can't find it.