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Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone Cheese & Walnuts

By Pavani @napavani
Blogging Marathon# 33: Week 2/ Day 2
Theme: Favorite Celebrity Chef Recipes
Dish: Giada's Pasta with Asparagus & Mascarpone cheese
My Celebrity chef of choice for Day 2 of BM# 33 is Giada De Laurentils. She is an Italian chef and is a regular on Food Network. Her Italian recipes look doable and easy to make with every-day available ingredients.
I learnt a lot of Italian recipes watching Giada's shows. One of the fancy ingredient I started to buy after watching her is Mascarpone cheese. She uses it in both sweet & savory preparations like cheesecakes, pastas etc. I buy a tub on mascarpone cheese when on sale and use it in various dishes.
Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts Today's dish is Giada's Farfalle with Asparagus & Mascarpone. I was making this for my sister who doesn't eat mushrooms, so I used peppers instead. Also I jazzed up the recipe with sauteed onion and garlic for added flavor. Addition of walnuts was the highlight for this recipe and I really enjoyed the crunch. Final dish was colorful, creamy and filling.
Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts Ingredients: Pasta - 1lb. (Farfalle was used in the original recipe, but any short cut pasta would taste good)
Peppers - 1 medium, chopped
Asparagus - 1 bunch, cut into 1" pieces
Onion - 1 medium, thinly sliced
Garlic - 2~3 cloves, minced
Mascarpone cheese - 1cup
Walnuts - ¾cup, toasted
Parmesan Cheese - ¼cup
Nutmeg - a pinch, freshly grated
Red Pepper Falkes - 1tsp (or to taste) Salt & Pepper - to taste
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1cup of pasta cooking water for later.
  • Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a saute pan, add the onions and cook until translucent. Next add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  • Add peppers and cook for 3~4 minutes. Next add chopped asparagus and cook until both peppers and asparagus are almost tender but should still have a bite.
  • Add the drained pasta and mix well. 
  • Add mascarpone cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix well and serve topped with toasted, chopped walnuts and parmesan cheese.
Pasta with Asparagus, Mascarpone cheese & Walnuts Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up today for BM# 33 Signature

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