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Spring is here and there are lots of options for seasonal produce! This month's nutritional highlight is Asparagus. I chose asparagus because the harvest season in New York is relatively short and most active in May - click here for a great resource on what's in season!
Asparagus is a good source of antioxidants (including vitamins C and E) and a good source of fiber, promoting digestive health.
Half a cup of cooked asparagus contains:
- Calories: 20
- Protein: 2.2 grams
- Fat: 0.2 grams
- Fiber: 1.8 grams
- Vitamin C: 12% of the RDI
- Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI
- Vitamin K: 57% of the RDI
- Folate: 34% of the RDI
- Potassium: 6% of the RDI
- Phosphorous: 5% of the RDI
- Vitamin E: 7% of the RDI
Spring Pasta with Asparagus, Peas, and Lemon
I often roast lots of asparagus and use leftovers in a salad or frittata. But my favorite way to use it is in this spring pasta dish!
- 1 lb of pasta (any kind you like)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 1 lb asparagus (as thin as you can find), ends snapped off, cut into ¾” slices
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup of shelled fresh or frozen peas
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pecorino Romano cheese, grated (optional)
Step 1 - Prepare your veggies. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta as directed.
Step 2 - While pasta water is boiling, heat olive oil in a large pan. Once oil is shimmering, add shallots, season with salt and pepper and cook until golden (5 minutes).
Step 3 - Add asparagus and garlic to the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes until asparagus is bright green. Stir in peas and cook until peas are bright green (about 2 minutes).
Step 4 - Add drained pasta to the pan (reserving some of the pasta water). Toss to coat. Add cheese and a little bit of the pasta water if necessary.
Step 5 - Stir in lemon zest and finish with fresh ground pepper to taste.
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