6.18.2009

Asparagus Pasta

Asparagus Pasta

On to the next installment of fast week-night dishes. This time it's very seasonal asparagus pasta. Actually, there is not much to say about this dish. It's easy to make, it's tasty and that's about all. I guess posts about easy pasta dishes are getting a bit old. I'll try to come up with something different for my next subission to Ivonne's Magazine Mondays.

Just a quick word of advice: Mixing butter and oil as suggested in the recipe is not really a good idea as it causes quite a bit more spattering during frying compared to using each on its own. Better decide beforehand whether you want to go extra-tasty with butter or extra-healthy with olive oil.


Asparagus Pasta

Source: essen&trinken Für jeden Tag 06/09

Ingredients:

250 g green asparagus
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
2 tomatoes *
200 g pasta
1 Tbsp butter **
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp mascarpone ***

* Used a handful of cocktail tomatoes.
** Used clarified butter.
*** Used 2 Tbsp ricotta and yoghurt each.

Serves 2.

Method:

Peel the lower third of the asparagus stems and cut away the ends. Chop diagonally into 1 cm pieces. Mince onion and garlic. Quarter, deseed and mince the tomatoes.*

Cook the pasta as per instructions on the package. Heat butter and oil in a pan. Saute asparagus for 4 minutes. Season to taste with sugar, salt and pepper. Add onion and garlic and saute for another 3 minutes.

Drain the pasta, reserve 100 ml [half a glass] of the cooking water. Add water and mascarpone to the asparagus,stir and bring to a boil. Add tomatoe and season again as needed. Toss with the pasta and serve.

* I just quartered the cocktail tomatoes as they were quite firm and not watery.

4 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

There was once I peeled and de-seeded tomatoes. Just so I could say I did it. When I go on Iron Chef, I'll do it again.
I always thought the idea behind pasta dishes was that they were supposed to be easy.

Elle said...

Have made something similar without the tomatoes and with ricotta cheese instead of marscapone...it's great to ahve a quick pasta dish with seasonal veggies. Love how colorful yours is!

creampuff said...

Andreas, I made asparagus pasta, too! Yours looks colourful and delicious!

biz319 said...

Love the type of pasta you used!