April 06, 2009

Craving pasta?


Last week, I was the perfect patient and followed Dr's orders to rest! During that time, Food Network was on pretty much constantly. One show I caught was Giada's Everyday Italian show. It was A Pasta for all Seasons....and two of her dishes in particular really appealed to me. So much so, that I made sure to have ingredients here to try one of them this weekend! Another show that has had some really yummy food is Guy's Big Bite. I have bookmarked a few of his recipes I want to try also!


I love dishes that call for fresh vegetables and incorporating it with pasta. Whats so great about this kind of recipe is that you can also include a protein like shrimp or chicken in this dish also (for those out there who, like Grumpy, think you can't have a main meal without some kind of meat!)


I made a couple different changes to the recipe. Instead of chicken broth, I used better than bouillon vegetable broth. Then, instead of Parmesan cheese, I used grated asiago cheese (freshly grated) as that was what I had on hand. I had the basil, but in my hunger I forgot to add it. (rolling my eyes here). lol Yeah, my appetite has started to come back. But at least I'm wanting fresh and healthy foods right now. ;o)






Penne with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis, 2008

Ingredients

8 ounces penne pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1- 1/2 pounds thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups (about 9 ounces) cherry tomatoes
1 cup shelled fresh peas
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
1 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the asparagus, season with the salt and pepper, and cook for 3 minutes until slightly soft. Add the cherry tomatoes and peas. Cook for 2 minutes. Pour the chicken stock into the pan and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook until the tomatoes start to burst and the stock is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

Transfer the asparagus mixture to a large serving bowl. Add the cooked pasta and 1/2 of the Parmesan. Toss well, adding reserved pasta water, if needed, to loosen the pasta. Garnish with the remaining Parmesan and chopped basil.

32 comments:

  1. I always forget to add veggies to pasta, but it's a great way to get the kids and me to eat more. Thanks for the reminder. It looks delicious!

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  2. oh yum yum yum. Ilove a little pasta with a BUNCH of fresh veggies!

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  3. Love the beans in there! Glad you are feeling better.

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  4. This looks delicious an light. perfect springtime dish!
    Glad everything is going good for you. Hope Grumpy is a little better.

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  5. mmmm. great photo! this may just be what's for lunch? thanks.

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  6. Oh this looks yummy. Hope you are not straining your neck much. Take Care

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  7. Ooh, I would totally eat this. No one else really likes tomatoes.

    Hey, I'm now a follower of yours! :)

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  8. I love it! the fact that it has veggies makes it such a healthy and hearty dish

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  9. That pasta dish looks delicious: just the thing for me!

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  10. How colorful and delicious! I love Guy, he makes such delicious comfort food.

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  11. Mmmm I love veggie pasta. I'm glad your starting to feel better and hope you're back to normal in no time at all!

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  12. I love her recipes. Her recipe for Pasta Primavera is good too. It's in her cookbook.

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  13. Great pix. I'll bet lots of folks would go for this!

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  14. I love anything Giada makes too! This looks wonderful!

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  15. Nicely done. I just did something similar to this but mine in no way shape or form looked this great. Heck I am ashamed to write it up right now after seeing yours.

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  16. Great spring pasta dish. Especially the asparagus.

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  17. Story of my life. I am ALWAYS craving pasta. It is an ongoing joke at my husbands work that I must secretly be Italian!

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  18. This dish looks absolutely delicious. I am a big fan of pasta with veggies. Yummy, Yummy!!!!

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  19. What gorgeous colors!! Good to see you cooking again!

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  20. Looks perfect for spring!!! Love all the colors :)

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  21. I became a fan of the Food Network while I was healing from my surgeries. I love Guy...especially his Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives show. I'm glad you're feeling better.

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  22. That looks so delicious. Kind of a pasta primavera- Hah! Spring is hard to imagine with a snow storm on the way for us here in NY.

    Beautiful job- I just want to take a bite!

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  23. Your salad looks so fresh and gorgous Shelby! The color just pops in it! I absolutely love Giada and Guy!!

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  24. This looks so fresh and delious! I'm looking for more healthy dishes like this to try.
    Glad you are feeling better.

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  25. It looks SO yummy, Shelby! Bookmarking this for my next menu. YUM!

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  26. This is my favorite kind of pasta. Simple, colorful and full of great flavor.

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  27. This dish is just bursting with color and healthy goodness!

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  28. Mmm, looks delicious! Food network is so dangerous. I can feel my stomach start to growl when I watch! In fact, I can hear my stomach starting to growl looking at your yummy pics!

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  29. Made some pasta primavera- thanks for the inspiration. I linked to you.

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  30. Yes I am always craving pasta! This recipe looks so healthy and perfect for spring!

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  31. Me craves pasta ALL THE TIME!

    And now you made it worst! :-)

    Lovely colors!


    gabi@mamaliga.com

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