Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Whole Wheat Pasta with Asparagus, Fresh Herbs, and Citrusy Lemon

Once you add freshly chopped herbs to a bowl of steaming hot pasta, your kitchen will instantly fill up with the comforting fragrance of a summer herb garden. Once you add fresh lemon zest to the mix, the delightful citrus aroma will brighten up your senses and will likely put a smile on your face.

This recipe is basically everything that I love in one bowl. It's quite simply happiness in a bowl! :)

1/2 pound asparagus
1 pound whole wheat pasta, spiral shape
1/2 cup peas
1 lemon for zest and juice
1 clove of garlic
1/4 cup freshly chopped tarragon
1/4 cup freshly chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh green onion
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 large spoon fulls of sour cream
parmesan cheese
salt & pepper

In a pot of boiling water, add the pasta. while the pasta is cooking, chop up the parsley, tarragon, green onion, and garlic. Set aside. Before the pasta is completely cooked, add the asparagus (cut the asparagus in fairly small pieces at a bias, about 1/2 inch). Also, set aside some pasta water in case the mixture is dry when you are mixing the ingredients together. The asparagus should cook in the water for no more than 5 minutes. Drain the pasta along with the asparagus in a colander. Put the pasta and asparagus in a large mixing bowl. Add all of the fresh herbs, green onions, peas, garlic, and lemon juice. mix well. Add the sour cream and mix well. Add the pasta water if dry. Lastly, add in the lemon zest and parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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