Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Asparagus Pasta with Pan Fried Garlic & Lemon

Pan fried garlic, fresh spring asparagus, good olive oil, and a touch of lemon. I'm in love!

2 pounds asparagus
1/3 cup fresh plain bread crumbs (grind some bread up in a food processor)
½ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons dried parsley
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh cracked pepper to taste
1 pound spaghetti pasta
1 cup pasta water

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Set aside 1 cup of pasta water near the end of cooking before straining.

Meanwhile snap the ends off the asparagus and discard. Cut asparagus into three pieces each on the bias. Steam until tender crisp, about 2 minutes or so. Set aside in a large serving bowl.

In a skillet on medium heat toast the bread crumbs until golden brown. Stir often being careful not to burn. Add to the asparagus. Next heat the oil in the skillet and add the garlic. Fry until light golden brown for about a minute and add to serving bowl.

Add salt, pepper, lemon juice, and parsley to the bowl and stir. Next add the pasta and pasta water and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Serves 4
Recipe by Laura Flowers


Cheeky Kitchen said...

Do you think it would be wrong to bathe in asparagus? I looooove it.

And, that pasta is GORGEOUS. The lighting on the second picture is to-die-for! I'm jealous over your camera. I can just tell it's not a point-and-shoot like my junky little contraption. Oh, good camera's, how I adore you!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I think we should most definitely be BFF (Blog Friends Forever).

Hope your week is happy!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Lol you make me laugh! Aspargus is my favorite weed. I crave it!

The secret is in the photographer, not the camera (ok to a point), and you are a very good photographer. I love your work, it's always stunning and brightens my day.

Pink Little Cake said...

Ok, Laura since you started your blog I already gaing 2 pounds just looking at the photographs. So, I have a question? I have to bring dessert for Easter at my friend's house, what do you recomend?? ( Yes I am also asking for a recipe) and I am also making your lemon cheesecake cookies.

Natalie said...

I love this type of pasta dish, simple yet perfect... its so satisfying too. great job!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Dessert for Easter huh.. Hmm. If it's a cookie I have one in the works I'm attempting to create if you can wait a little bit. It should look really neat.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you Natalie!

Jessica said...

Yum! I'm liking the look of the cracked pepper on those noodles, too.

the wicked noodle said...

So simple but it looks so delicious! The pictures are beautiful, too!

The Cooking Photographer said...


Laura said...

mmm. just finished eating this for dinner. i also added shrimp.


The Cooking Photographer said...

Yay Laura you made my pasta! I always wonder if people make the recipes I post.

Anonymous said...

Made this on a cold windy night. A superb dish! The lemon juice adds a mysterious twist. We ate a lot.

Thanks, Keith

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you Keith! I'm really happy you enjoyed this pasta.

Rachel said...

this looks fabulous!!!

Two fit and fun gals said...

this looks great how simple, thanks for sharing :O)

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