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Organic Speedchef: Herbed Asparagus Orecchiette

Organic Speedchef: Herbed Asparagus Orecchiette

With all the asparagus in the farmers’ markets these days, I cannot resist making this dish (and it takes less than 20 minutes)! Fresh herbs from the garden harmonize perfectly with garlic and asparagus. Zesty lemon highlights in the sauce are softened by a touch of cream.

While this is an amazingly tasty main dish, it would pair well with grilled tofu, fish or chicken for extra protein.


Zest of 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of fresh marjoram
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon chile pepper flakes
1 bunch asparagus, ends removed, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces at the ends,
1 inch pieces at the tips
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 or 2 teaspoons salt
Pepper to taste
1 package orecchiette pasta
Freshly-grated Parmesan for topping

Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

1. Start salted water boiling for pasta. Meanwhile, saute garlic in olive oil with fresh herbs and pepper flakes for 2-3 minutes on medium high heat. Turn down the heat to warm until you add the pasta to the water.

2. About 4 minutes later (roughly 5 minutes before the pasta is done), turn up the heat to medium high, and add the asparagus to the herbs and olive oil. Cook the asparagus until crunchy but cooked (about 5 minutes). Add 1 teaspoon salt.

3. Remove pasta from pot, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid. Add liquid and lemon zest to asparagus. Stir. Turn down the heat, add pasta and stir.
Add cream.

4. Serve topped with lots of freshly grated parmesan cheese, a drizzling of olive oil, pepper and additional salt to taste.

Serves 6.

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8:31PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Wonderful, love asparagus. Strange, no photo visible here, just a blank white space but at least the ingredients are there which is the most important aspect.

7:01PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Yummy, TY.

7:01PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Yummy, TY.

4:56PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Sounds good, thanks.

6:43AM PST on Mar 10, 2012


12:36AM PDT on Sep 20, 2011

Great recipe. Thanks.

5:14AM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

Thanks for the lovely recipe.

4:59AM PST on Nov 23, 2010

Thanks for the article.

6:57PM PDT on Jul 2, 2010

I really love asparagus and can´t wait to try a vegan version of thsi!

10:11AM PST on Feb 7, 2010

We love asparagus at home, nice recipe easy fun and most of it worthy. Thank you.

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