Parmigiano Reggiano Pasta Primavera

The Culinary Project “Assi nella Manica”

The Culinary Project “Assi nella Manica”

Standard Supplier 30th April 2015

Parmigiano Reggiano Pasta Primavera

This pasta dish is filled with fresh Spring greens, and is a perfect way to make the most of the British asparagus season.

Boil the spaghetti until al dente, drain and stir through grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Meanwhile, blanch fresh English asparagus, garden peas, and runner beans until cooked though.

Add these to a frying pan of melted butter on a low heat, and gently toss. Stir through the cream, basil, lemon juice, black pepper and a sprinkling of lemon zest, before adding the spaghetti.

To serve, top each portion with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, chopped basil, lemon zest and a drizzle of olive oil.

Ingredients

  • Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a starter
  • 250g spaghetti
  • 40g grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 100g asparagus spears, cut into 2cm lengths
  • 100g fresh garden peas
  • 100g runner beans, trimmed, strings removed and cut into 2cm lengths
  • 20g butter
  • 150ml double cream
  • Large handful basil leaves, plus extra to serve
  • Juice of half lemon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to serve

Method

• Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water, according to pack instructions, until al dente. Drain and stir through grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Keep warm

• Meanwhile, cook the vegetables separately in boiling salted water (asparagus: 3-4 minutes, peas: 2-3 minutes, runner beans: 2-3 minutes) then drain and quickly plunge into cold water. Drain again

• Melt butter in saucepan and stir through the vegetables. Cook over a low heat to reheat the vegetables for 2 minutes

• Stir through the cream, basil, lemon juice, zest of half lemon, and a good pinch of black pepper. Add in the spaghetti and toss until it is well coated in sauce

• Serve topped with the shaved Parmigiano Reggiano and a little basil, lemon zest, pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil