A lovely recipe from Jenny Linford’s ” The London Cookbook” to make when asparagus is in season.
A recipe from ” Bocca” by Jacob Kennedy.
An easy seasonal recipe from Nigel Slater. It serves 2 as a main course but would serve 4 as a side. I replaced the plain couscous with a quick cook packet of Moroccan couscous. I think a packet of Lemon and Coriander Couscous would work well too.
This is a great recipe for April when the first of the English Asparagus and new potatoes are in the shops. Its from ” Three Good Things” by Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall.
The first of the english grown Asparagus is now starting to appear in the shops and I am always looking for new ways to cook it. This is a super quick supper from Anna Jones that you can serve with rice or noodles. Make sure everything is prepared before you start frying.
You can replace the asparagus with some purple sprouting broccoli for a variation.
Another dish from “30 Ingredients”
This easy pasta supper is from Delia Smith’s ” Summer Collection”.
160g Rigatoni 40g parmesan cheese, grated
225 g prepared asparagus stalks 275ml milk
1 ½ tbsps Extra virgin olive oil 20g plain flour
40g pecorino cheese, shaved 20g butter
I lb ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped Grating of nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to Gas 6, 200 C.
2. Put the butter in a saucepan over a low heat and melt.Stir in the flour then gradually add the milk a little at a time, stirring to make a béchamel sauce.
3. Season with salt pepper and nutmeg then simmer over a low heat for 3 minutes.
4. Stir in the parmesan, turn off the heat, cover with a lid and set aside.
5. Cut the asparagus diagonally into pieces about the same size as the pasta.
6. Heat the oil in a 9” frying pan then sauté the asparagus over a fairly high heat for about 5 mins, stirring .
7. When the asparagus is starting to colour add the chopped tomatoes. Let them bubble and reduce for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat.
8. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente, then drain in a colander.
9. Add the pasta to the asparagus mixture then stir in the cheese sauce and mix well. Check seasoning.
10. Butter an 8” gratin dish and tip in the mixture. Sprinkle with the shavings of pecorino.
11. Bake for about 10 minutes then serve straight away with a green salad.