October 26, 2011

Wednesday's Chow - PENNE PASTA with ASPARAGUS and PECANS

My guest blogger for Monday, Celia Yeary is offering up a great autumn side dish. 

I obtained this recipe from a Texas Pecan orchard gift shop. East Texas is fertile ground for several varieties of pecans, and where there is an orchard, there is a store and gift shop. On one visit a few years ago, when we bought our sack of shelled pecans, the proprietor included a small booklet of recipes for ways to use pecans. The one I'm sharing is a pasta dish. We love it, but I only make it when fresh asparagus is small and young, and is "on special."



1 TBS olive oil and 1 TBS butter
1 lb. asparagus, cut into 2" pieces
1 yellow and 1 red bell peppers, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1 lb. Penne Pasta, uncooked
1 1/2 TBS minced basil

2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
3/4 cup toasted pecans, divided
Salt and Pepper to taste


Combine olive oil and butter in a large skillet; add asparagus and cook and stir until lightly browned, about six minutes.
Stir in peppers and garlic and cook one minute.
Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and pasta and basil.
Simmer 7-9 minutes.
Stir in half the Parmesan cheese and half the pecans.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer to a warm bowl and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and pecans.
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings.

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Nancy said...

Yum the recipe sounds delicious. My son love asparagus. Perhaps I'll surprise him with this on Thanksgiving!

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Maggie Toussaint said...

Celia - Sounds yummy! I love pecans in just about everything. I had them in my turkey salad for lunch, so there you go.


Cheryl Pierson said...

Do you know, I have NEVER had asparagus? I don't know why. My mom and my sisters used to eat it and love it, but Mom didn't buy it often, because I don't think Dad liked it. I might just try this for ME, becuase it sounds wonderful. I love pecans.

Celia Yeary said...

Nancy--I didn't know anyone's son loved asparagus! Good for him...may I borrow him?
I do hope he likes it.

Celia Yeary said...

Anna--thanks for having me here...I make this sometimes for company. Except I don't put it in a big bowl...I just fill each person's pasta bowl.

Celia Yeary said...

MAGGIE--you cannot go wrong with pecan. And East Texas has the very best..this year..the price doubled! Not funny.

Celia Yeary said...

CHERYL--asparagus is tricky--some people love it, most people can do without it. It depends what you do with it and how it's cooked.
Me...I love it...but it's usually so expensive I'll say, Oh, I'll just eat fresh green beans...much cheaper.

marybelle said...

I love Pecans, but I don't like Asparagus. Maybe substitute it?

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Mary, you make me laugh. Don't take offense, I love you, I really do. You're my one regular commenter, but you do make me laugh. I dream of the day we'll have the perfect recipe for you (I think I did once). I understand food allerigies, dislikes, etc, so understand the reason behind not eating certain things.

Anyway, wonder if fresh green beans would work instead.

liana laverentz said...

Oh, this one sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it. I love asparagus, pecans, and pasta :)

Celia Yeary said...

I don't think green beans would work, but brocolli might. It's close to asparagus than green beans. We come close to living on pasta dishes, and I've found that green beens somehow just do not go with pasta. It's difficult to explain. Green beans go with potatoes--that's my opinion.
Why am I discussing this, anyway???

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

LOL, hey, discuss away, Celia. It's good to know that green beans won't work well. I appreciate the insight.