Sunday, August 16, 2009

Creamy Farfalle with Asparagus

If there is one thing I crave often it is pasta. I just love it and there are so many variations and combinations you can do. This combo is delicious and so simple.








Get some water boiling and lets gather our ingredients. This recipe comes from the Everyday Food cookbook. You will need some asparagus, dill, grainy mustard, pine nuts, goat cheese and farfalle (bowtie) pasta. (I didn't have any fettuccine)




Cut the woody ends off of the asparagus and then chop it up.




In a dry and hot pan, toast up the pine nuts.




Keep these guys moving in the pan and keep an eye on them, they will burn in no time at all.




Get the pine nuts off the heat and set them aside. By now your water should be boiling so drop in the pasta.




When there is about 5 minutes left to go on the pasta, drop in the asparagus.




Reserve some of the pasta water to make the sauce. Mine is reserved in my cute Pyrex mug.




After the pasta and asparagus is cooked, drain it and get it back in the pan. Add in the goat cheese, mustard, dill, pine nuts and the reserved pasta water and give it a stir. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.




The tang of the goat cheese with the dill and the mustard just packs this pasta with tons of flavor. I really enjoyed this and it would be just as good with green beans or edamame if you're not into asparagus. Just a couple of more months and I will be able to turn my oven on again, but until then I am glad I have lots of great pasta combos to try!

14 comments:

  1. Wow, I didn't think the recipe would be so easy! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Just a passer-on-byAugust 16, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Would it work with a different cheese? I'm not a fan of goat cheese but it looks so good!

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  3. Love the idea of cooking the asparagus with the pasta!
    I have discovered that not all brands of goat cheese have the same taste or texture. It is worth trying different brands until you find your favorite.

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  4. Lots going on there... I would never have thought to put mustard seed with cheese and pasta... interesting

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  5. yummy! i love how versatile your recipes are, they always give me good ideas. thanks!
    :o)
    puglette

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  6. I live in a small town and recently had a recipe that called for goat cheese. I paid $4 for 3 ounces expecting something very special. When I tasted it, I knew I could easily sub Philly Cream cheese mixed with some sour cream and it would save me lots of $$. Now I agree many of you have big stores nearby and can find lots of different brands of goat cheese. But I only use ONE now and that is my personal brand. lol

    Cheers,
    Jo

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  7. This looks REALLY good! I love your food photography.

    wally t.

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  8. Mustard seed is a great secret weapon to make recipes taste more complex than they are. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  9. Mmmmm. I am on a goat cheese kick lately. This looks fabulous. Also, I use that pasta brand a lot. We buy it from Costco.

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