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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.

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.

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Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts
Course noodles pasta
Cuisine american
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Pasta . (Farfalle was used in the original recipe, but any short cut pasta would taste good)
  • 1 Peppers - medium, chopped
  • 1 bunch Asparagus - cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 Onion - medium, thinly sliced
  • 2 ~ 3 cloves Garlic - minced
  • 1 cup cheese Mascarpone
  • ¾ cup Walnuts - toasted
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • a pinch Nutmeg - freshly grated
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Falkes (or to taste)
  • to taste Salt Pepper &
Course noodles pasta
Cuisine american
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Pasta . (Farfalle was used in the original recipe, but any short cut pasta would taste good)
  • 1 Peppers - medium, chopped
  • 1 bunch Asparagus - cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 Onion - medium, thinly sliced
  • 2 ~ 3 cloves Garlic - minced
  • 1 cup cheese Mascarpone
  • ¾ cup Walnuts - toasted
  • ¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • a pinch Nutmeg - freshly grated
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Falkes (or to taste)
  • to taste Salt Pepper &
Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts
Instructions
  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.
Recipe Notes

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13 thoughts on “Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts”

  1. wow loving this combo 🙂 looks super yummy and sounds very interesting 🙂 wud love to finish the whole bowl !!

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