Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fettuccine with Peas, Asparagus, and Pancetta

We are delighting in the vegetables that are in season, and what better way to show that Spring has really arrived than tossing up fresh seasonal vegetables in this quick and easy pasta dish.


Fettuccine with Peas, Asparagus, and Pancetta
Serves 4
Recipe from Bon Appetit

Ingredients:
12 ounces fettuccine or penne
3 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
1-1/4 pounds asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
2 cups shelled fresh green peas, blanched 1 minute in boiling water, drained, or frozen peas (do not thaw)
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white and pale green parts separated from dark green parts
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided

Directions:
Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite.  Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.  Return pasta to pot.

Meanwhile, cook pancetta in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp.  Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels to drain.  Pour off all but 1 teaspoon drippings from skilet.  Add asparagus to drippings in skillet; saute 3 minutes.  Add peas, white and pale green parts of the green onions, and garlic; saute until vegetables are just tender, about 2 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Add vegetable mixture, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, dark green parts of green onions, 1/2 cup Parmesan, cream, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, half of parsley, and half of basil to pasta.  Toss,
adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if needed.  Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Transfer to large bowl.  Sprinkle pancetta, remaining parsley, and basil.

Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

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46 comments:

Julie said...

Beautiful colors in this dish. We're so glad the Spring vegetables are here, too. Love anything with asparagus!

Angie's Recipes said...

Colourful combination! I love Fettuccine in any way!

MaryMoh said...

Looks colourful and delicious. That would make a lovely lunch for me :)

TKW said...

Does that bowl equal a single serving? I'm pretty sure I could eat that whole thing. Pasta is my Waterloo.

3 hungry tummies said...

That is screaming spring indeed Velva...while I have been firing up the oven lately.

Kim said...

Looks like you've got a BIG BOWL of pasta there....you sure you don't need any help eating it all? It sounds like an amazing dish, Velva!

Federica said...

un ottimo piatto unico colorato e invitante!! ciao!

Cathy said...

Oh I love any pasta with asparagus...going to try that this weekend.

Ken Bowie said...

Lol we had snow yesterday...tis the season for melting icicles haha.
Great lookin Pasta Velva!!! My garden is sprouted...just need some sunny days..

Chef E said...

Sounds and looks good, I am ready to get home and start cooking again. We had a great meal at 'The Tasting Room' in St Augustine, as well as at this local Florida place 'Tomatoes On A Vine', great Lemon Drop Martini's. I highly recommend it! :)

I am getting a new camera, like you pro's use!

From the Kitchen said...

Velva, this has all the ingredients that we like. It's going into my "cyber file". Thanks so much. By the way, every time I see your tomato photo, I start dreaming of when local tomatoes will be on our table--not until mid-June alas!

Best,
Bonnie

Claudia said...

I love this combination of flavors - just lovely, Velva. It's calling to me...

Andrea said...

Looks delicious! Fantastic combo of flavors and the color is outstanding!

Bridgett said...

Just look at all of that gorgeous pancetta! I love everything about this pasta.

Holly said...

Looks gorgeous and so delicious!!

Michelle J said...

So spring-y and beautiful. Your recipes always make me hungry! :)

Big Dude said...

That sure does look good and I just picked a handful of asparagus.

Tracy said...

Wow and yes I will have some. :)

Ana Powell said...

Awesome colours in your dish.
Very flavoursome and loved the photo too.
Ok, to be honest loved the whole work, well done x

5 Star Foodie said...

A wonderful colorful pasta - I love all the peas and asparagus here!

Linda www.mykindofcooking.com said...

What a great combination of flavors! It made me hungry just reading the ingredient list.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I saw this on Epicurious! It looks absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to try it. Yours is beautiful!

Stella said...

Oh Velva, I'm so hungry right now and pancetta is my flexitarian weakness-I love it! This looks so good with the two types of greens with pasta and pancetta. That's it! I'm going to the Italian Market near my house to have some...

WizzyTheStick said...

Velva-thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Lovely site you have here and I am envious of your pretty dishes so colourful:-) just like the meal

Mags said...

What a fantastic looking pasta dish and a great use of your veggies. I love it!

Bo said...

This is a perfect dish for spring...It looks delicious!

grace said...

velva, this is just beautiful. i love the green of the veggies contrasting with the brown of the pig. this is truly a quintessential spring dish and i'd enjoy it VERY much!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great pasta dish Velva. Hurrah for spring.
Sam

Sophie said...

A lovely, tasty & superb pasta dish, dear Velva!


MMMMMMMMMMM,...but I prefer white asparagus because they are much sweeter & lovelyer in taste!

teresa said...

oh my gosh, talk about a bowl of pasta that i just want to dig in to! this looks incredible!

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a beautiful pasta dish, brimming with lovely flavours!
Wishing you a fabulous mother's day weekend.
*kisses* HH

A Canadian Foodie said...

This'll work! Vanja refuses to eat his veggies unless raw in a salad - and then he is very picky. But, lately, I have discovered he LOVES asparagus wrapped in Serano, and roasted. SO, it seems, veggies with pig is his requirement. I am so going to try this one on him... as I love peas and asparagus!
:)
Valerie

tasteofbeirut said...

Sounds wonderful and light! Perfect for here, 'cause we have been experiencing quite a bit of heat!

Faith said...

This is such a gorgeous dish of pasta -- all the colors in there are stunning!

Rambling Tart said...

Oh, a splendid spring dish to be sure, Velva!! I've been so stuck on prosciutto lately that I clean forgot about pancetta! You've inspired me to start experimenting with pasta again. :-)

dinnersanddreams said...

What a delicious pasta dish, Velva. I like the fresh, colorful ingredients. yum! I had pasta tonight but it was not gorgeous like this.

Nisrine

Jen_from_NJ said...

What a fabulous spring pasta dish! I love the combination of ingredients - just perfect!

Mimi said...

Simple, fresh and tasty. Perfect!
Mimi

Elizabeth and Jared said...

I love that everything is chopped up so finely. And the colours are amazing. Great ingredients!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Love it, seasonal but still with a bit of bite! Welcome spring

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

How beautiful Velva! Nothing beats fresh peas in pasta. Well..except heavy cream and pancetta of course:) Have a great weekend!

http://meatandpotatoesfoodie.blogspot.com/

Foodycat said...

I can't tell you how excited I am that the spring vegetables are in! It was a long winter! This pasta looks superb.

Hungry Dog said...

Perfection! ALthough I might say that about anything containing pancetta...

Plain Jane said...

Did I ever tell you how fabulous the tres leches was? Incredable! Now today, I am craving pasta and what do I see but what appears to be another winner. I am going to get quite fat if I continue to follow your blog.

M.Kate said...

I can almost imagine eating that now :)

suzicate said...

ooooo so pretty and I'll bet it's tasty!

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