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."
PENNE PASTA with ASPARAGUS and PECANS
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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