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Creamy Broccoli Asparagus Pasta with Pesto & Toasted Almonds

Creamy Broccoli Asparagus Pasta with Pesto & Toasted Almonds
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Delicious Asparagus Pasta – Fettucine in a simple creamy sauce, with the contrasting crunch of broccoli, asparagus and almonds – a delicious pasta, quick and easy to make. The addition of basil pesto gives a rich and delicious taste to the sauce, and perks up the Pasta.

When I planned to make an Asparagus Pasta as my contribution to Archana’s Kitchen, I wasn’t sure which sauce to make, and which pasta would be the best. I checked with my daughter Mridula, and this is the recipe she came up with.

I was lucky to find slim young asparagus at the Natures Basket Store near home, fresh green spears.

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I loved the way the Asparagus Pasta looked, with the Fettucine looping around the bright green asparagus and the chunks of broccoli, interspersed with the toasted almonds, the whole coated with the creamy sauce and the basil pesto.

Purple is my favourite colour. As I had this lovely bunch of purple basil, whom else would I turn to for the recipe for Pesto, but Jamie Oliver. I have quite a few of his cookbooks, but I referred this recipe online. I’ve always found Jamie Oliver’s recipes straightforward and easy to make, and this recipe was no exception.

Link to my version of the Recipe for Basil Pesto: Pesto of Purple Basil, Pinenuts & Parmesan

I used fresh pesto made with purple basil, as usual pesticide free, part of my bi-weekly vegetables  supply by First Ago and Sakura Fresh. Green basil could be used for the pesto instead of purple. As there is quite a bit of cheese in this asparagus pasta recipe, if you are making fresh pesto then you do not need to add parmesan, and instead make the pesto of only basil, olive oil and nuts.

The creamy white sauce was easy to make, and the asparagus and broccoli took a few minutes to blanch. After that it was just a matter of tossing it all together with the cooked pasta. I added nuts to give another dimension of flavour and texture.

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Asparagus, Broccoli, Fettucine Pasta in Basil Pesto and with Toasted Almonds Yum
Fettucine in a simple creamy sauce, with the contrasting crunch of broccoli, asparagus and almonds - a delicious pasta, quick and easy to make. The addition of basil pesto gives a rich and delicious taste to the sauce.
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Course main course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
For the Pasta:
For the Sauce:
For the Garnish:
Course main course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
helping
Ingredients
For the Pasta:
For the Sauce:
For the Garnish:
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Instructions
  1. To make the Sauce: (Time to cook: 5 minutes)
  2. Warm the cream on low flame for about 2-3 minutes. Add the butter, whisk so the butter melts and combines with the cream. Add the pesto, whisk again.  Add salt and pepper, stir.
    Creamy sauce for Broccoli Asparagus Pasta
  3. You could add the cheese now when the sauce is warm, and stir till it melts into the sauce. Remove the sauce from the stove and set in a pot of hot water so it remains warm. Or else, after the vegetables and the pasta are ready, gently warm the sauce and then add the cheese, just before serving.
  4. To Prepare the Vegetables: (Time Preparation 3 minutes; Cooking 5 minutes)
  5. Snap off the thick bottom stalks of the asparagus and keep aside for later use such as in soup.  Cut the asparagus tips to about an inch or longer, depending on how long the tips are, and set aside. Slice the remaining stalk into rounds.
  6. Slice the broccoli, retaining the shape of the florets.
  7. Set a large tall pot or a pasta cooker on the stove, add water and a little salt.
  8. I used my pasta cooker which has a sieved inner container, so it was easy to lift the vegetables and let the water drain back into the pot, to be used for cooking the pasta. Otherwise just add two cups of water  to the pot to blanch  the asparagus and broccoli, and after this is done, top up the pot with water as required for boiling the pasta as below.
  9. To blanch the asparagus and broccoli, bring the water to a boil, add the asparagus rounds and tips, and the florets of broccoli.
  10. Blanch for 2 minutes as the water continues to boil, and quickly drain and transfer the vegetables to a bowl of cold water into which ice has been added. This will stop the vegetables from cooking further, and help retain their bright green colours. Drain after one minute.
  11. To Cook the Pasta: (Time: Cooking  8-10 minutes)
  12. Top up the water in the pot/ pasta cooker, as per pasta package instructions and add salt. The pasta brand I used, recommended 1 litre for every 100 gm of pasta, and 7 gm of salt for each litre.
  13. Bring the water in the pot back to a rolling boil (boiling all over the pot) and add the fettucine. Cook as per package instructions, stirring frequently. (The brand I used specified 6 minutes, and it was just right when I checked at 6 minutes).
  14. Turn off the stove when the pasta is done till al dente, and set aside.
  15. To put the Pasta together: (Time: Preparation 2 minutes; Cooking 5 minutes)
  16. Slice the almonds. Heat a pan and toast the almonds for 2 minutes stirring continuously and ensuring you remove them from the pan before they begin to char/ blacken.
  17. Add the oil to the heated pan. Mince and add the garlic or crush directly into the oil. Sauté for a minute.
  18. Add the vegetables, sauté for 2 minutes.
  19. If you have not added the cheese to the sauce, do it now as per step 3 above.
  20. Toss the drained pasta, the vegetables and the sauce together. Garnish with sliced almonds and a few leaves of basil.
  21. Sprinkle grated cheese and basil leaves and serve hot.
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Delicious Broccoli Asparagus Pasta in a creamy sauce with basil pesto and toasted almonds. Easy,  quick to make and with contrasting textures and flavours.
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2 thoughts on “Creamy Broccoli Asparagus Pasta with Pesto & Toasted Almonds”

  • Thank you! I always made pasta in tomato sauce and have been a little scared of white sauce, to tell the truth! This is the first time I’m making it in white sauce, and it was so easy! Will post another version with bechamel sauce and without pesto, soon!

  • I haven’t tried making pasta in white sauce yet…..This looks like a great recipe….Thanks for sharing….

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