Fresh Fettucine with Peas and Asparagus

Fresh peas and the freshest asparagus from California make this pasta pop with flavor.  If you can find it, use fresh fettucine pasta because it’s so tender and good.  Add freshly grated parmesan cheese, freshly squeezed lemon juice, zest,  a few other ingredients and you’ve got a light one dish pasta meal.

Fresh Fettucine with Peas and Asparagus

12 ounces fettucine, use fresh if you can find it
1 1/2 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 tablespoon butter
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
fresh basil, chopped, optional

1. 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.
2. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 tablespoon butter in large skillet over medium heat.  Add asparagus to skillet; saute 3 minutes.  Add peas, green onions, and garlic; saute until vegetables are just tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. Add vegetable mixture, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid (only if it’s too thick), Parmesan cheese, cream, olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon peel.  Toss, adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if needed.  Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Transfer to large bowl.  Pass additional Parmesan cheese.

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3 responses to “Fresh Fettucine with Peas and Asparagus

  1. I just cant get enough of asparagus. Thanks for sharing this recipe.It will definitely be on our menu tomorrow. I came across your site from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here. If you wont mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it’s all set, Thanks!

    • Alisa,
      Thanks 4 your note! Did you try the Fresh Fettucine with Peas and Asparagus? If you love asparagus, you would love my recipe on here for Sugar Grilled Asparagus. It is the easiest and best ever. If you try it, here’s a tip: don’t roll the tips in sugar because they’re so tender and burn quickly. Thanks for the tip about Foodista. I’m going to set that up this morning. Keep in touch!

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