This light pasta dish is easy to make and has loads of flavour! Wonderful for a midweek dinner.
Course Main Course
Keyword angel hair pasta, asparagus, lemon, parmesan sauce, vegetarian pasta
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
1/4box angela hair pastaYou can use any type you like, but longer holds the sauce better.
1bundleasparagus, cut thinly on bias longways or shaved on mandoline (you want it to be bendable when cooked so it's easy to eat with the pasta)about 1#
1TblEVOOextra virgin olive oil
2TblbutterI always use salted; it really doesn't matter
2lemons, zest and juice (about 2-3 Tbl juice)Medium size, if large, it may only take one or 1.5 lemons. Use fresh juice in this dish.
1/2cupshredded parmesanuse a good one for this dish (reggiano)
1/4tspred pepper flakes
2Tblfresh basil leaves, chiffonade
1Tblfresh parsley, medium chop
salt to taste
Put on 2 qt of water to boil.
Heat a large skillet over medium and add EVOO. When oil is hot, add asparagus and garlic. Salt the veg as it gently sautés. Adjust heat towards med hi to get a very light sizzle.
When water boils, add a heaping tablespoon of salt, then add pasta. Angel hair cooks in about 8 minutes.
When veg is soft, add lemon zest, red pepper flakes and wine. Cook for another minute, then turn down heat to low if you are waiting for the pasta.
When pasta is done (al dente, don't overcook it), use a pasta spoon to transfer to the skillet with veg. (Don't drain it, you'll need some of that pasta water!)
Combine pasta with veg and turn heat back to medium. Add lemon juice, parmesan and basil. Stir fairly aggressively to release the starch from the pasta and coat with cheese and butter. Add about 1/2 cup of pasta water to create a light sauce. Check the salt level and overall flavour. The pasta should have soaked up the light sauce and be relatively dry. This is not a saucy dish, but it should be silky and the pasta should taste like the sauce. Adjust water, butter and parmesan to achieve this.
Serve with parmesan and chopped parsley.
I did the asparagus in stages. I cooked about 3/4 of it, then I added the rest at the end of cooking so it would keep some crunch and freshness. If your asparagus is rather thick, use a peeler to remove the bottom peel. This will make it more pliable and less woody. Do not put in the lemon juice while the asparagus is sautéing. It will become bitter. Always add citrus juice after the main cooking is done.
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