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Spring Pasta Primavera

March 28, 2016

We’ve had a stream of warm weather, which seemed to cry out for a spring-inspired dinner. This easy pasta primavera was just the thing!

You will need:

  • 1/2 c bread crumbs
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced and divided
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1/2 c Parmesan, shredded and divided
  • 2 T unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb asparagus, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 c fresh peas
  • 1 lb wide pasta
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T flour
  • 1/4 c chicken stock
  • 1 c milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese or creme fraiche

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Then you will…

  1. In a food processor, combine the bread crumbs with the lemon zest, half of the garlic, 1/3 (scant) of the onion), a few inches of the cheese, and the butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pulse until well combined.
  3. In a small skillet, brown the crumb topping. Set aside.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  5. Add the asparagus to the boiling water. Allow to cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the peas to the boiling water. Allow to cook for 1 minutes.
  7. Drain and stop the cooking by placing the veggies in a cold water bath.
  8. Bring another pot of salted water to a boil. (If you want to skip this step, use a slotted spoon to remove the veggies from the first pot).
  9. Cook the pasta according to the package, stopping 1-2 minutes shy of the recommended cooking time.
  10. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil.
  11. Add the remaining garlic and onion. Saute for 6-8 minutes, or until softened.
  12. Stir in the flour and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes.
  13. Whisk in the chicken stock and then the milk.
  14. Allow the sauce to thicken, whisking regularly for about 5 minutes.
  15. Whisk in the cream cheese until melted and well combined.
  16. Whisk in the shredded cheese until melted and smooth.
  17. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
  18. Toss the pasta with the sauce until well coated. Remove from heat.
  19. Stir in the asparagus and peas.
  20. Serve the pasta topped with the toasted bread crumbs.
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