Sunday, April 25, 2010

I think it's actually spring now

I feel like this is the first real spring recipe I've made this year. Hello, Spring 2010 - I am so very glad to see you!

I love going to the farmer's market and letting a menu fall into place while I'm there, but that's not really possible during the winter. This recipe is the first thing I've just thrown together with farmer's market finds and stuff we have on hand.

Morels and Asparagus with Pasta
inspired by this recipe

  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 bunch green garlic, white parts only, sliced
  • 1/2 lb fresh morels, cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 water + 3/4 tsp "better-than-bouillon" (or 1/2 C broth)
  • 1/4 C 2% milk
  • 3/4 tsp Wondra (or flour)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and the butter. Saute the green garlic and morels until the mushrooms have released their liquid and it's mostly cooked off (about 5-10 min).

Add asparagus and water or broth to the pan (if using bouillon, add it now, too). Simmer, covered, for 4 minutes or so (asparagus should be crisp-tender). Meanwhile, mix the Wondra or flour into the milk.

Add milk mixture and tarragon and continue cooking, uncovered, until the sauce has thickened (2-4 minutes more). Season to taste and serve over pasta.
serves 2 if you want lots of veggies with your pasta

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