Sunday, 31 March 2013

Pasta Primavera - a good spring break deserves a good spring dish

Happy Spring Break of 2013! 

Primavera is the Italian word for "spring", so I thought this would be the perfect way to end spring break.
i recommend using boxwood basil in this recipe. I think it gives it a special something.
You can use any kind of pasta for this dish, but i think Penne or gnocchi is the best choice. 
Tomorrow, i will post a potato gnocchi recipe to go with this. 
okay, well any pasta you happen to stumble upon will work for this.

1 cup pasta of choice
9-10 stalks white or green asparagus
1 cup English peas 
pinch salt and pepper
1 bunch of herbs (not rosemary or thyme or mint)
2 carrots
1 extra small head of broccoli

cook pasta according to package directions.

cut up asparagus into equal sized pieces.
Blanch with cut up broccoli head, for 3-5 minutes or until tender. take out of boiling water and put into a bowl of ice water.
shuck the peas and cut the carrots into small pieces.
when pasta is tender, drain well and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking.
add asparagus and broccoli and splash of heavy cream.
put the carrots and shucked peas into the mixture, followed by the herbs.
serve hot with a dusting of Parmesan cheese or Gruyere.
Bon Appetit and enjoy.

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