Here I was, happy in my own brilliance ;-) and thinking how original I was to shave asparagus to top my Asparagus-Lemongrass Bisque with Herb Pesto and Spiced Almonds, my entry for the latest Foodie Blogroll's Royal Foodie Joust. Then I open April's Everyday Food Magazine, on my neglected magazine pile, and find a recipe for Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus. Martha Stewart and company are always two steps ahead! It sounded like the perfect light dinner for Spring, so I tried it with a couple of healthy changes.
Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus
Everyday Food Magazine, April 2009
(Serves 4 / Total Time 25 minutes)
Note: Use a vegetable peeler to create asparagus ribbons and Parmesan shavings. You can substitute another firm cheese, such as Pecorino Romano or ricotta salata.
coarse salt and ground pepper
12 ounces spaghetti
1 bunch (1 pound) asparagus, tough ends removed, shaved with a vegetable peeler
4 strips lemon zest, thinly sliced plus 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 Tbsp butter
1 ounce Parmesan, shaved with a vegetable peeler
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Add asparagus and lemon zest to pot; immediately drain pasta mixture, and return to pot. Add butter and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, and toss, adding enough pasta water to create a thin sauce. Top with Parmesan.
Nutrition Info: (per serving): 476 cal; 14.7g fat (8.7g sat fat), 16.5g protein, 69g carbs, 5.4g fiber.
Notes/Results: It is amazing just how good a few simple ingredients can taste together. This is a perfect blend of flavors and textures, and a great, easy dinner. I just made a single portion and I used whole-wheat spaghetti to up the fiber content and added just a touch of olive oil instead of the butter to make it a more healthy fat and upped the amount of lemon juice and zest for my one serving. Mixed with the lemon and pasta water, I didn't miss the butter at all. The only downside was wasting a bit of asparagus to get thin peels, (once you get near the finish of the stalk, it becomes a bit tough to shave it neatly, without breaking it up). Overall this one is a winner and a keeper recipe.