I’m taking a big risk this weekend…I’m going to wash all of the snow pants and put them into storage. We have had the most beautiful, 70+ degree days here in central New York and I am told that it is going to continue well into next week. The Dandelions are back and all is well in the world!
This is the week to trek over to your favorite farmer’s market and pick up some asparagus. Then make some Pasta Primavera or an Asparagus/Feta Pizza (of course making half of it cheese and pepperoni so the kids will eat it!). We made the pasta this week (see recipe below) and are going to try the pizza this weekend. So stop for a moment (in between all of the wardrobe switching, deck furniture pulling out, baseball/soccer practices and lawn mowing) to sit down with a glass of iced tea (or a cold beer!) and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring!
~Broccoli, Asparagus, Carrots (or whatever vegetables you have on hand)
~1 cup of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
~1/2 cup green onions, chopped
~pasta of your choice (12 to 16 oz.)
~2 Tbsp butter
~1 garlic clove, minced
~2 Tbsp white wine or broth
~1/2 cup heavy cream
~1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
~salt/pepper to taste
~2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
1. Chop the broccoli, asparagus and carrots into similar bite sized pieces and cook in a large saucepan with a steamer basket, 5 to 10 minutes once the water begins to boil.
2. Cook the pasta according to directions.
3. While the pasta water is coming to a boil, prepare the sauce by melting butter in a skillet over medium heat, then adding the green onions and sautéing them for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Add the wine or broth and cook another 5 minutes. Then add the tomatoes, cream and Parmesan and turn the heat down. Simmer for 2 to 3 more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir in the basil.
4. Combine the cooked/drained pasta, sauce and vegetables and serve with additional Parmesan cheese.
This should all come together in under 30 minutes. I adapted this recipe from the Simple Bites site.