After a winter filled with every variation on grey and beige, I’m ready to infuse my life and my food with a little color.
Dinner made out of fifty shades of green? Yes, please.
Asparagus season is finally upon us and I’m ready to take full advantage of it. Here, I’ve turned these lovely spears into a vibrantly flavored, pesto-like puree which I then used as a pasta sauce for some spinach fettuccine.
Two delicious shades down, forty-eight to go.
Joanne Bruno is a food writer and fourth year MD/PhD student. Fine more delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well with Others
Adapted from Super Natural Cooking
1 bunch asparagus spears, trimmed and halved crosswise
3 handfuls baby spinach leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 cup toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp fine-grain sea salt
12 oz fresh spinach fettuccine (or 8 oz dried)
1. Bring two pots of salted water to a boil. Use the larger one to cook the pasta and the smaller one to blanch the asparagus.
2. To make the asparagus puree, drop the asparagus spears into the pot of salted water. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the spears are bright green. Drain and transfer to a food processor.
3. Add the spinach, garlic, parmesan cheese, and 3/4 cup of the pine nuts to the processor. Puree. With the motor still on, drizzle in the 1/4 cup olive oil until a paste forms. It
should be about the consistency of a pesto. Add in the lemon juice and salt, to taste.
4. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and toss with the asparagus puree. Sprinkle with the remaining pine nuts.