Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Spring Green Pasta

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

It's out first Tasty Tuesday of June.  Can you believe it's June?  I feel like I just turned to calender to May!  Yikes.  I hope time slows down a bit so we can enjoy Summer.

I made this pasta last week to take advantage of fresh Michigan asparagus.  Yum.

{ Recipe from the April 2012 issue of Cooking Light Magazine.  I changed the preparation and ingredients slightly }

4 slices French bread baguette, torn into very small pieces
1 tablespoon butter
3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1 1/2 cups (2-inch) diagonally cut asparagus
1 cup frozen green peas
8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 chicken broth
1 cup low-fat milk
3 ounces cream cheese {low fat or regular}
1/2 Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1.  Bring water to boil in a large pot for pasta.
2.  Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  add one garlic clove to pan and saute 1 minutes.  Add breadcrumbs, saute 3 minutes or until bread is golden and toasted.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Wipe pan clean with paper towel.
3.  When water boils, add pasta and cook until three minutes remain until al dente cook time.  When three minutes remain, add asparagus and peas.  Cook three minutes.  Remove from heat and drain.  Return to pan and cover to keep warm.
4.  Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and the remaining two garlic cloves.  Cook for three minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.  Place flour in small bowl and whisk in chicken broth.  Add broth mixture  and milk to pan., stirring constantly with a whisk.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook one minute or until thickened.  Remove from heat.
5.  Add cheeses , salt and pepper, and stir until cheeses are melted completely.  Add pasta, asparagus, and peas.  Toss well.  Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and tarragon.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

I enjoyed this pasta - the flavors were really delicious.  have you ever cooked with fresh tarragon before?  I don't think I have.  I was really surprised at its strong flavor!  It was perfect with the asparagus.

What did you cook this week?

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  1. Alissa -

    I'm sure those toasted breadcrumbs do something amazing to the texture and flavor of your pasta dish. Looks good!

    You're right, I can't believe it's June either!


  2. That pasta looks amazing, I only recently discovered how good asparagus is and have been trying every asparagus recipe I can find!
    PS - thanks for the blog hop

  3. The pasta looks delicious! I love asparagus and must try this some time. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this recipe swap.

  4. I am always bookmarking your pasta recipes - this one looks delish too!

  5. I know what you mean about summer flying by - I can't believe it's June either! I always love your pasta recipes - they look so fresh and wholesome! My husband loves pasta so we'll have to add this one to our repertoire :)

  6. i've had the same problem! stupid summer! slow down!

    i am enjoying it though... by eating as many spot prawns as possible. One way? My link up this week: Fresh & Seasonal Spot Prawn Shellfish Pot. Yes. I ate all of it. and i'd do it again.

  7. There's only another month of seasonal spot prawn goodness! That's why I've linked up a very simple but uber succulent recipe for spot prawns on toast. mmmmm spot prawns.

  8. omgosh. im printing like every recipe! im always looking for good food. and healthy.. thats a bonus

    ps. i am having a giveaway if you would like to participate :)

  9. Hi Alissa! Another amazing recipe from you...it looks so good! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  10. offers fond memories of my mother in law who would have loved recipe like this

  11. what a wonderful summery pasta dish!! green in any pasta dish is always a welcome treat in my book! this recipe looks so yummy alissa

  12. I totally have to make this pasta!! I was just craving some pasta and asparagus mmm

  13. Such a great blog!!! I love it!

    Would you like to follow each others blog via GFC and Bloglovin in order to keep in touch?

    Lots of love,


  14. I've never thought of adding breadcrumbs to pasta before, or fresh tarragon for that matter. It looks delicious! A great way for those picky eaters to get their greens in.

  15. Oooo, yum!! Another wonderful pasta recipe!! I will have to give this a try.

  16. This looks fresh and yummy. I'd love to make this tomorrow.

  17. This looks so delicious! And those mini "croutons" are a great idea. :)


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