Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts

Blogging Marathon# 33: Week 2/ Day 2

Theme: Favorite Celebrity Chef Recipes

Dish: Giada's Pasta with Asparagus & Mascarpone cheese

My Celebrity chef of choice for Day 2 of BM# 33 is Giada De Laurentils. She is an Italian chef and is a regular on Food Network. Her Italian recipes look doable and easy to make with every-day available ingredients.

I learnt a lot of Italian recipes watching Giada's shows. One of the fancy ingredient I started to buy after watching her is Mascarpone cheese. She uses it in both sweet & savory preparations like cheesecakes, pastas etc. I buy a tub on mascarpone cheese when on sale and use it in various dishes.

Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts

Today's dish is Giada's Farfalle with Asparagus & Mascarpone. I was making this for my sister who doesn't eat mushrooms, so I used peppers instead. Also I jazzed up the recipe with sauteed onion and garlic for added flavor. Addition of walnuts was the highlight for this recipe and I really enjoyed the crunch. Final dish was colorful, creamy and filling.

Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts
Blogging Marathon# 33: Week 2/ Day 2 Theme: Favorite Celebrity Chef Recipes Dish: Giada's Pasta with Asparagus & Mascarpone cheese My Celebrity chef of choice for Day 2 of BM# 33 is Giada De Laurentils. She is an Italian chef and is a regular on Food Network. Her Italian recipes look doable and easy...

Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts

Summary

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  • Coursenoodles & pasta
  • Cuisineamerican
  • Yield4~6 serving s 4~6 serving
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time20 minutesPT0H20M
  • Total Time50 minutesPT0H50M

Ingredients

Pasta (Farfalle was used in the original recipe, but any short cut pasta would taste good)
1lb.
Peppers - medium, chopped
1
Asparagus - cut into 1" pieces
1 bunch
Onion - medium, thinly sliced
1
Garlic - minced
2~3 cloves
Mascarpone cheese
1cup
Walnuts - toasted
¾cup
Parmesan Cheese
¼cup
Nutmeg - freshly grated
a pinch
Red Pepper Falkes (or to taste)
1tsp
Salt & Pepper
to taste

Steps

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1cup of pasta cooking water for later.
  2. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a saute pan, add the onions and cook until translucent. Next add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Add peppers and cook for 3~4 minutes. Next add chopped asparagus and cook until both peppers and asparagus are almost tender but should still have a bite.
  4. Add the drained pasta and mix well. 
  5. Add mascarpone cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix well and serve topped with toasted, chopped walnuts and parmesan cheese.
Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts

Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 33.

Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts
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