Maw-Maw's Springtime Pasta

Maw-Maw’s Springtime Pasta

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Maw-Maw’s Springtime Pasta

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Maw-Maw’s Springtime Pasta

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Maw-Maw’s Springtime Pasta

Maw-Maw’s Springtime Pasta
 
Maw-Maw’s Springtime Pasta
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. box of Radiatore Pasta or some crazy curly type (it just looks more intriguing)
  • 1 lb. ground chicken, meat or turkey or Italian sausage (out of the casing)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. fresh asparagus, washed, stemmed and cut into small pieces
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt, black pepper
  • 1 t. dried basil
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil

Instructions
  1. Boil the pasta in salted water and also add about 2 T. olive oil. Follow directions on package. Drain and set aside.
  2. In large skillet, drizzle a little olive oil in bottom and place over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the ground chicken and chopped onions. Season with salt and black pepper
  4. Cook until chicken is done, meanwhile, break it up into crumbles. Do not worry about the extra liquid in pan, the pasta will absorb it.
  5. Add the asparagus and saute another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add the cooked pasta and mix well.
  7. Add the lemon juice, zest, basil, oregano and red pepper flakes. Taste for seasoning. If you need more salt and pepper, add it.
  8. Place the pasta dish in a nice serving platter and grate fresh parmesan cheese on top and serve.

Notes
*****This was a dish my mother made in the spring with Italian sausage and fava beans. I thought I would lighten it up with the ground chicken. You can actually do a mixture of chicken and sausage. I used asparagus because fresh fava beans are hard to find. When my dad was alive he always had them in his garden. I sure miss those fava beans. But the lemon gives it a nice clean crisp taste. This pasta dish is quite nice because it is not a heavy sauce! You can add whatever veggies you like!

 

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