This is Week #39 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.
This time of year I am all about comfort food. I have gotten into a routine of making a giant batch of something involving cheese and pasta and then eating it over the course of a few days. On the days when I have a container of comforting yumminess sitting in the fridge at work, I obsess about lunch time. Is 10:30 too early to eat lunch? There is something about crisp fall weather and cheesy pasta that go so well together.
I have been so excited to make this penne dish. I basically kept the entire batch to myself, and I think my family was fine with that. The whole vegetable thing must not have been super appealing to them, which I think is just plain weird.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add 1/2 pound penne pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
3 medium garlic cloves, very finely chopped
1 pound asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths
Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.
Add 2 cups of chicken stock and boil over high heat until reduced by half and the asparagus are tender, about 5 minutes.
2 cups (10 ounces) shelled English peas or frozen baby peas, thawed
1/4 cup heavy cream
Boil over hight heat until the sauce has thickened, 3 minutes.
Stir in the penne and and cook until heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in:
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Transfer the pasta to bowls and serve immediately, passing additional Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at the table.
A couple notes about this recipe:
I love the addition of sage.
It was super easy to make.
Did I mention it was comforting?