Category Archives: Asparagus

Asparagus-Parmesan Risotto

Recipe shared by Lisa

4 TBS butter, divided
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 cups uncooked arborio rice
2/3 cup dry white wine
5 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 1/2 cups fresh asparagus pieces
2/3 cup frozen peas
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and black pepper

Melt 3 TBS butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in rice; cook 2 minutes or until rice is coated with butter, stirring frequently. Add wine; cook, stirring occasionally, until most of wine is absorbed. Bring broth to a simmer in medium saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low. Add 1 1/2 cups hot broth to rice mixture; cook and stir 6 to 7 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed. (mixture should simmer but not boil.) Add 2 cups broth and asparagus; cook and stir 6 to 7 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed. Add remaining 2 cups broth and peas; cook and stir 5 to 6 minutes or until most of liquid is absorbed and rice mixture is creamy. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1 TBS butter and Parmesan cheese until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with parmesan.

Add 1 cup chopped kale or spinach instead of peas.
Add 2 cups chopped or shredded chicken.

Fettuccine with vegetables in a light tomato sauce

from Serving Up the Harvest

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
2-4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups blanched, julienned vegetables, such as artichokes, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, broccoli rabe, carrots, cauliflower, kale, chard, corn, Belgian endives, fennel, leeks, peas, beans, spinach, summer squash, alone or in any combination
1/4 cup chopped or torn fresh herbs (basil, mint, oregano, parsley, alone or in any combination)
2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced, or 1 1/2 cups halved or quartered cherry tomatoes, or 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and pepper
1 pound fettuccine
1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
Directions: Begin heating a large pot of salted water for the pasta. Heat the oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the vegetables and sauté until heated through, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the herbs, tomatoes, and broth and season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain briefly. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl. Add the vegetable mixture and toss to coat. Add the cheese and toss again. Season generously with salt and pepper. Serve hot, passing additional cheese at the table.

Creamy Vegetable Pasta

adapted from Simply in Season

1 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)
1-2 cloves garlic (depending on your love of garlic)
2 TBS fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
2 TBS fresh parsley, chopped (or 2 tsp dried)
1/2 tsp salt

Stir above together in a bowl and set aside. Or for a smooth texture, puree in a blender.

12 ounces pasta

In a large soup pot (with about 7 cups of water), start cooking according to package directions.

1 cup carrots, sliced thinly
2 cups zucchini or summer squash sliced
1 cup green beans, sliced
1 cup peas (frozen is fine)
1/4 cup leeks, chopped

Stir in carrots 6 minutes before pasta is done; boil 3 minutes. Stir in zucchini and green beans slowly; boil 2 minutes. Stir in peas and leeks slowly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Drain well and return to pot.

2 TBS butter

Toss butter with pasta and vegetables until melted. Add cottage cheese mixture; toss gently to coat. Serve immediately and
sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper.

You can substitute a variety of vegetables in this
recipe. Try broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus,
spinach, chard, etc.

Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch fresh asparagus (approx. 15-20 spears)
3 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. olive oil ¼ tsp. salt
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash asparagus and trim stems off.
2. Coat bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish with olive oil and place asparagus spears in dish.
3. Coat the asparagus with honey and sprinkle with salt.
4. Roast the asparagus for approximately 25 – 30 minutes or until asparagus is tender.
5. Remove from heat and let cool for 2-5 minutes.

Nutrition information per serving
Yield – 4 servings
140 calories, 7 g fat (1g saturated fat), 150mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates, 4g protein

Asparagus, Spring Onion and Mushroom Pasta

1 pound asparagus
3/4 pound mushrooms
2 TBS extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 pound spring onions
1/4 cup chopped garlic scapes (1/4” long)
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup vegetable broth
4 TBS unsalted butter
8 ounces fettuccine
1 TBS chopped chervil or flat-leaf parsley
Directions: Heat oil in a 12-inch sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add sliced onions and chopped garlic scapes, cook 1 to 2 minutes, until softened. Add asparagus and sauté 2 minutes. Add wine and simmer until liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add butter and toss until melted into vegetables. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Mix in the sauce and chervil. Season with additional salt and pepper, and serve.