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Penne Pasta with Asparagus and Mushroom

Loreto April 4, 2016

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I don’t think there is a day that I wouldn’t love a plate of Penne Pasta. Today, with some nice vegetables like Asparagus and Mushrooms, perfect for spring.

Penne with Asparagus and Mushroom

Being Italian, pasta is a very important staple in the pantry. So many regions in Italy, and so many distinct versions of Penne: Penne arrabbiata, Penne with roasted cherry tomatoes, Penne al salmone, Penne Pasta al forno, etc. All equally good and this Penne the way it’s textured in two styles one being smooth one being corrugated, and its tube shape makes for a wonderful holder of any combination or sauce ensemble, ensuring great flavor.

 

 

After scanning the pantry and the kitchen today, my thoughts are a nice plate of Penne Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms. 

Penne with Asparagus and Mushroom

Penne Pasta Preparation:

I bought some asparagus at the local Planet Organic and it is spring and asparagus is in season, along with some chanterelle mushrooms which have an almost acidic truffle taste to them. These along with some garlic and onion, sautéed in a pan with some good quality extra virgin olive oil, and a trickle of white truffle oil is going to make this Penne sing with joyous flavor. The pot of salted water is on boil, and I know I have heard many people are always worried if the water is salted enough. My rule is I put a bit of sea salt, then I taste the water, if it is still flavorless I add a bit more until the desired saltiness is achieved ensuring this Penne to be good. I pre-boiled the asparagus after cleaning and cutting the tougher parts, usually about an inch or two off the stem. Chopped up some onion, minced some garlic, slathered a medium-high heat pan with that good olive oil, tossed in the vegetables starting with the garlic and onion, then added the mushrooms and asparagus. The smell of this medley is intoxicating has me feeling impatient and wanting to just grab a piece of bread and making a small veggie sandwich. I finish sautéeing the vegetables with a splash of white wine, deglazing the pan of all that awesome goodness and a splash of white truffle oil and it is set. Into the water goes the Penne pasta for about 8-10 minutes or as the package instructs but taking it out a bit earlier as I will finish it in the pan with the asparagus and mushrooms. I put it in the same water as I pre-boiled the asparagus in giving the pasta some more flavor. The goal is to achieve that slight crunch or as we say al dente texture. It seems redundant saying it all the time, but I love my pasta this way. I feel light after eating it and my body has ease in digesting it. Once the pasta is partially cooked I drain most of the water out and leave just a little to mingle with the penne and sautéed asparagus and mushroom medley, blending nicely the pasta and vegetables, and of course a drizzle of olive oil on top to finish it off. Olive oil to us Italians is like what butter is for Canadians.

Penne with Asparagus and Mushroom

The flavor is beautiful. Equal stagings of asparagus and mushrooms, sweetness from the caramelized onion, that garlic backdrop, a hint of truffle oil, and all those juices pulled from the bottom of the pan by the white wine, yum. The Parmigiano Reggiano offering that pungent saltiness and the fresh cherry tomatoes bringing in a nice acidic sweet juiciness to the dish, and not to mention the Penne pasta, wheaty, nutty, nice slight crunch, a perfect contrasting match to the softness of the vegetables.

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Penne with Asparagus and Mushroom

Penne Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Pasta, Vegetarian

Description

I don’t think there is a day that I wouldn’t love a plate of Penne Pasta. Today, with some nice vegetables like Asparagus and Mushrooms, perfect for spring.


Ingredients

  • 200 grams Penne rigate pasta
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white truffle oil
  • 2 small yellow onions
  • 1 bundle of asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 5 chanterelle mushrooms, washed and chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Instructions

  1. In a large pot bring water and salt to boil, tasting the water for saltiness.
  2. Take asparagus and cut off stems about 1-2 inches, wash and put in boiling water, cook for about 8 minutes, take out of water and place on cutting board, cutting at a diagonal 2 inch pieces.
  3. In a sautée pan add 2 tablespoons olive oil and bring to a medium to high heat.
  4. Toss in onions and garlic, sauté for a bit then add mushrooms and asparagus.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste then add white wine and stir till wine dissipates.
  6. Add in the truffle oil, a quick toss and then take off heat.
  7. Place Penne into the boiling water that the asparagus was boiled in.
  8. Cook pasta as per instructions on package. I usually taste the pasta a few minutes before to make sure it is a bit undercooked as I will finish it in the pan with the vegetables.
  9. Drain pasta and leave just a bit of water.
  10. Place sautéed vegetables on heat again, add pasta and water and cook till water dissipates.
  11. Finish dish with a drizzle of olive oil, a dusting of parmigiano, and a sprinkle of chopped parsley.
  12. You’re set.
  13. Enjoy with a nice glass of either red or white wine of your choice (I had it with a homemade Merlot 2014).

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 servings
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It is a beautiful sunny day, rays beaming through the window, the warmth, a nice caress to my skin, a deep sigh as I settle into my chair, cooking completed, and look outside and seeing spring is in the air, a nice sip of the aromatic, robust homemade Merlot, the only thing missing is my wife, so wish she was here with me right now to enjoy this wonderful Penne Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms.

Song of the day, one of my favorite Canadian bands right now: City and Color, “Lover come back”.

Can’t wait to see  this group here in Edmonton with my wife, there will be a whole lot of singing and dancing happening!

Enjoy.

Penne with Asparagus and Mushroom

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14 Comments

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    Reply ceecee April 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I’m the only one in my family that likes asparagus and mushrooms!!! Doesn’t matter, I am going to make this for myself!

    C

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Good on you you go girl, its delicious and so easy to prepare. Thank you for your comment, and happy pasta cooking.

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    Reply Meaghan April 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

    This recipe is filled with delicious flavours that just happen to be all my favorites!! Definitely going to the Italian Centre this weekend for some lovely fresh mushrooms, asparagus and of course pasta. I have been saving the last of parmesan that was gifted to me from Italy and I think they recipe would let it shine. Thanks for sharing!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Meaghan for the comment, I love going to the Italian Center shop so many jewels waiting to be uncovered, and created. Try their GiGi pasta it is really good it is formulated in a cooper pot and the texture is amazing really holds a sauce to it, plus has amazing taste.
      Have a great day.
      Loreto

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    Reply Samantha | My Kitchen Love April 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Yum! A perfect Spring dish! And I love how pasta is so regionalized in Italy.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you Samantha, yes Pasta is a serious business in Italy, you can start a riot just by saying you are going to mix up some pastas with a cream sauce. lol.But this pasta was so good I am craving it again just looking at the pictures, may be another pasta night.
      Have a great night!
      Happy cooking!
      Loreto

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    Reply Sean April 8, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Simple, fresh, rustic simplicity. I love it, and I love asparagus with pasta. Add in the chanterelles and the whole this is perfectly elegant. Awesome stuff.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 8, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Hey Sean thank you so much for the wonderful comment. I love cooking and sometimes when fearlessness sets in there are no limits to what we can create and put behind it some loving intention, and most of the time success is at hand. I have seen your blog also and you are very talented and definitely are not short on things to write about, I am saying this in a most positive way. So many who write always have anxiety as to what and how much they will be able to produce and in the end it always works out. Great work also Sean.
      Have a stupendous evening and.
      Happy blogging!
      Loreto

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    Reply Julia April 9, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I absolutely love everything on this plate. Nothing like good simple food! Love the pictures as well!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 10, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Thank you so much Julia, cooking for me is always simple and a labor of love. It started as a child experimenting with flavors, and just kept developing from there. And so true simple things simple pleasures.
      Have a wonderful day.
      Loreto.

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    Reply Megan - The Emotional Baker April 11, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I love combining pasta and asparagus! It makes for the perfect spring meal 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 11, 2016 at 6:50 am

      Thank you Megan, pasta is such a versatile ingredient and with spring in gear, the produce coming, makes for great pasta dishes. With this pasta dish the final ingredient fresh cherry tomatoes gave it a wonderful fresh flavor. enjoyed it very much.
      Have a wonderful day!
      Loreto

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    Reply suki April 11, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Mushrooms on pasta is my fav ! Looks amazing!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 11, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Suki
      I totally understand the mushroom thing. love that fungus so much and with pasta a match made in heaven. Thank you so much for the comment.
      Have a great day.

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