I like this recipe for a couple of reasons. First, it came together quickly, which is always important. Second, I think this could be easily modified to fit whatever veggies you've got on hand. It's a pretty simple concept and could easily be made vegetarian. Third and MOST important - the result was DELICIOUS. The only thing I'd change if I did it again was perhaps used diced regular tomatoes. I think the grape tomatoes I used were a bit too sweet and overshadowed the other flavors whenever I had a bite with a tomato.
I did modify this a bit. I halved everything (although nearly everything is approximate anyway), I used thin spaghetti instead of fettucine, I used regular white button mushrooms instead of cremini, added garlic to the sauteed mushrooms, and I used bacon instead of prosciutto.
Here's the recipe on epicurious and I've described a halved version in a nutshell below:
Ingredients for 2-3 servings:
- 4 oz asparagus cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 8 oz thin spaghetti (or whatever your favorite pasta shape is)
- 2 sliced of bacon chopped
- 4 oz mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 clove minced garlic
- 1/2 C. frozen peas
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- Couple handfulls of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 3-4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- Heat pot of boiling, salted water to a boil. Cook asparagus for 2-3 minutes. Remove asparagus to separate bowl.
- In same pot of water, cook the pasta until al dente. Don't over cook!
- Meanwhile, in a large saute pan on medium heat, fry bacon pieces until crispy. Remove bacon pieces to a paper towel to drain. Drain off bacon grease, leaving ~1 Tbsp in pan.
- Add sliced mushrooms to the saute pan, and saute for 3-5 minutes. Halfway in, add the garlic, taking care to not let it burn.
- Add peas, asparagus, and cream and bring to a simmer on medium-low heat and cook until reduced.
- Add parmesan cheese to taste, and season with pepper (and more salt if needed)
- Add pasta, bacon pieces, and tomatoes into pan, and sautee on mediume high heat for a couple of minutes until sauce coates the pasta thoroughly.
- Plate and enjoy!