4.09.2009

Angel Hair with Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts



We arrived home from a sunny few days in Florida to a crazy week packed with birthday and promotion celebrations (sadly, neither of which were mine!). Since my husband had taken Monday off from work, he volunteered to go grocery shopping, which umm, NEVER happens. And while I intended on taking full advantage of the situation, I knew I had to keep the list super simple, or I’d get 36 phone calls asking what the heck is Boston lettuce and where the hell do I find Chipotle Peppers in Adobo? So it read something like: strawberries, asparagus, granola (in cereal aisle), angel hair pasta, corn meal (in baking aisle with flour)... He still arrived home frazzled, with a story about how he couldn’t find the cornmeal and asked this little Italian lady where cornmeal was who preceded to drag him all over the store showing him three different options. I couldn’t help but laugh. Nevertheless, I think this is the first time he successfully completed the entire list so I was proud and now had the fresh asparagus ready to make a healthy dinner. A quick pantry check presented sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Perfect.



Angel Hair with Asparagus, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts
serves 4

1 lb whole wheat angel hair pasta
1/2 c pine nuts
1 bunch asparagus, tough stems removed and cut into 1” pieces
1/2 c olive oil
1/8 c white wine (or cooking wine)
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/3 c sun-dried tomatoes in oil, diced (apx 4 oz)
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 c asaigo cheese, grated



Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add pasta, and cook 5-7 minutes until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Heat a large pan to medium-high, add pine nuts and cook, stirring, until golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Add 1/4 c olive oil and asparagus, turning heat to high, and cook 1 minute, stirring. Add additional 1/2 c olive oil, white wine, and lemon juice. Cook 3 minutes, until liquids begin to reduce. Turn off heat, add sun-dried tomatoes and season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide pasta among four plates and top with asparagus mixture. Sprinkle with lemon zest and asaigo cheese.

10 comments:

Juliana said...

This pasta dish looks so good...I love pine nuts in pasta...it always give an extra flavor. I love your pictures.

simplesong said...

Yum. This looks lovely ...

Sara said...

This looks amazingly delicious and easy to make....AND I am hungry..

Lindsey said...

This looks delicious. So glad I stumbled upon your blog.

Kaylovesvintage said...

I'm crazy about Asparagus..so I will try it..tell Angel Hair pasta??what's that?

fresh365 said...

Hi Kay! Angel hair pasta is a very thin strand pasta- like spaghetti, but thinner. Perhaps its only available in the States...? Of course, you can substitute it for your favorite pasta.

Michelle said...

I made this for dinner this evening....AMAZING! So, so good! Thanks for posting this recipe!! :)

fresh365 said...

Michelle- So glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Creategirl said...

YUM I need to try this right away!

Carolyn said...

I made this tonight!! It was SO easy and DELISH! Will be making all the time :-) Thanks for the recipe!!