Friday, July 29, 2011

Asparagus, Goat Cheese & Lemon Pasta


Its Friday! That means it's time for another Your Recipe- My Kitchen Post.

I bookmarked this Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Lemon Pasta from Smitten Kitchen a while ago.  I can't believe it took me this long to get around to making it...
so many recipes, so little time...


I loved the simplicity of this dish, you were able to taste every single ingredient in this pasta. 
This weekend I was watching an episode of Americas Test Kitchen and they made a pasta dish that had cheese in it. Something they suggested, which I did with this dish, was to boil your pasta in less water if you plan on using the pasta water.  I used a lot less water when I boiled this, leaving a much starchier water that helped the sauce coat the pasta better.  I also mixed about 1/2 cup of the pasta water into the cheese to melt it before tossing with the pasta.  Enjoy!!

What you need:
1 pound shaped pasta
1 pound thin asparagus spears, trimmed, cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon plus more for garnish
1 5- to 5 1/2-ounce log soft fresh goat cheese (the pre-crumbled stuff will not melt as well)
Fresh lemon juice to taste (optional)



What you do:
Cook your pasta in a large pot of well-salted water until it is almost tender, about three minutes before the pasta is done cooking add asparagus and cook until firm-tender, another two to three minutes. Drain both pasta and asparagus together, reserving one cup of pasta water.
Meanwhile,mix together your olive oil, lemon zest, tarragon and cheese in a large bowl, breaking up the goat cheese as you put it in. Add 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the mixture and stir until it softens. Add hot pasta and asparagus to bowl.  Toss until smoothly combined, adding more pasta water if needed. Season generously with salt and pepper, and lemon juice.




17 comments:

  1. You had me at goat cheese and the asparagus sealed the deal. This looks fantastic and will be a must try for me.

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  2. I am really starting to like asparagus. I bet it is delicious in this pasta dish. You should come and enter my cookbook giveaway (if you like cookbooks) http://eatcakefordinner.blogspot.com/2011/07/30-minute-rolls-and-giveaway.html

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  3. I must agree with Candace! You had me at goat cheese, LOL. This looks delicious. Can't wait to try it out. I'll let you know how it goes.
    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo, cami

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  4. Wow - I will definitely be trying this! I love smitten kitchen's recipes! Thanks for the pasta water tip :)

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  5. I just bookmarked this to make this week! Love everything in this dish!

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  6. The flavors in this sound so delicious, goat cheese is my favorite! Thanks for sharing with Fat Camp Friday, see you next time!

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  7. anything with goat cheese works for me. found you through tasty tuesday and this would definitely qualify for the tasty part.

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  8. Making this tomorrow night for sure!

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  9. This sounds delicious. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your recipe. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  10. Yummers! Two of my favorite things combined...pasta & goat cheese. Following by way of ftlob. Stop by sometime and say hello.

    Chandra
    astylishlittlelady.blogspot.com

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  11. I made this after seeing it on Smitten Kitchen too - I loved it! Her recipes never let me down. Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays.
    Alissa

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  12. Oh gosh, this sounds so amazingly yummy!!

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  13. Hi Danille,
    This sounds so light and fresh just perfect for a summer dish. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see again real soon! Hope you are having a great week end!
    Miz Helen

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  14. This looks so good! It sounds like a great summertime pasta... Can't wait to make it for my boyfriend! :D
    -Rachel

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  15. Hi Danielle...

    Mmmm...your Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Pasta recipe looks and sounds delicious! I would love to give it a try! Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe...as well as the tips for using the pasta water...with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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