Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday Recipe

This isn’t my usual choice for Saturday, but it sounded pretty good and Pasta is very popular after all. This would be fabulous with home made pasta. Never made it myself but I am told it is actually pretty easy. The refrigerated pasta you can buy in stores is very good, better than dried I find.

Creamy Spring Pasta
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This dish is luxuriously creamy, but the pasta soaks up the sauce creamy-spring-pastaquickly. Be sure to serve right away. Use refrigerated pasta to cut several minutes off the cook time. Serve with Butter-Roasted Carrots.

3 quarts water
2 ounces French bread baguette, torn into pieces
1 tablespoon butter
3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1 1/2 cups (2-inch) diagonally cut asparagus
1 cup frozen green peas
6 ounces uncooked fettuccine
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese $
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup packed)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
Butter-Roasted Carrots


1. Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven.
2. Place torn bread in a food processor; process until coarse crumbs form. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 garlic clove to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add breadcrumbs; sauté 3 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Remove breadcrumb mixture from pan; wipe pan clean with paper towels.
3. Add asparagus and peas to boiling water; cook for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Rinse under cold water; drain.
4. Add pasta to boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and keep warm.
5. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and the remaining 2 garlic cloves; cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Place flour in a small bowl; gradually whisk in chicken broth. Add broth mixture and milk to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from heat; add cheeses, salt, and pepper, stirring until cheeses melt. Add pasta, asparagus, and peas; toss well. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and tarragon.

Have a great weekend


  1. My god-daughter makes her own pasta. She's made this dish too, but without tarragon. And instead of onion, I think she used shallots. It's light and tasty!!

    1. I have a friend who did when her hubby was alive. I have never tried. I would think it would be good.

  2. I think I've made this dish, but not with my homemade pasta. I only make fresh for special occasions.

    1. I am impressed you have made home made pasta at all.

  3. I once made gnocchi from scratch but that's the only home made pasta I can lay claim to. This recipe is outstanding Jo. Just my sort of thing.

    1. I've not even done that, mind you I have never enjoyed gnocchi. Hope you enjoy.

  4. Jo, that looks so good. But we are watching what we eat these days and cutting way back on pasta. But we will splurge once in a while. And when we do, I'm going to the Cheesecake factory for Fetuccini Alfredo with chicken and sun dried tomatoes and mixing in brocolli al dente.

    1. I've been watching my food for a while now, but I wouldn't hesitate to eat this, I would make sure I didn't eat too much pasta and maybe cut down on something else during the day. Did you splurge for your birthday?

  5. Homemade pasta is the best. I do make it but sometimes I also used boxed. Just depends on the day, time and all that.

    1. PS: I agree with your comment and think they should ask the women first as well. That was the best comment.

      So true!

    2. I ought to try making pasta myself but these days, not sure I could be bothered.

      Some of these architects haven't a clue.

  6. Oh, wow! This looks really delicious! Thank you for sharing!