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Tagliatelle, Asparagus, and Peas with Saffron Cream

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Category: Pasta, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 8 oz Fresh pasta -tagliatelle or
  • -wide fettuccin
  • 1 lb Asparagus
  • 1 lb English peas
  • 1/8 ts Saffron threads
  • 1 tb Butter
  • 2 Shallots; finely diced
  • 1 1/2 c Heavy cream
  • Salt
  • Chervil; roughly chopped
  • 1 Thin strip lemon peel; very
  • -thinly slivered
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper


Bring a large pot of water to boil. Snap off the tough ends of the
asparagus and set them aside to use in a soup stock, or discard them. Cut
off the tips, leaving them about 2 inches long, and slice the remaining
pieces on the diagonal or into short rounds. Shell the peas. Cover the
saffron with a couple of tablespoons of boiling water, to make an infusion.
Melt the butter in a wide saute pan, and gently cook the shallots for
several minutes, or until they are soft. Add the cream and the saffron
infusion, bring to a boil, reduce slightly, and season with salt. When the
pasta water is boiling, add salt, and cook the asparagus, and then the
peas, in the boiling water. Scoop them out when they are done and add them
to the cream. Next cook the pasta; when it is done, add it to the cream,
turning it over several times with a pair of tongs to coat it with the
sauce. Add the chervil leaves and the lemon peel, and serve on warm plates
with grated Parmesan and freshly ground pepper.

NOTES : The peas are small and fresh, the asparagus, pencil thin. The
fragrant saffron-flavored cream makes this pasta filling and substantial.
This is a rather special dish, fine for a company dinner.

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