Friday, February 13, 2009

pasta fresca

simple, easy, and carbalicious. this is a great pasta dish and one i "created" the other night with ingredients we had on hand. it's a bit of a jumble, but it came out really well.

1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 bunch asparagus, cut into chunks
1 block smoked fontina, cut into cubes
1 pound of pasta
3 tablespoons coarse dijon mustard
1/4 cup chicken stock
olive oil
salt and pepper

cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water.

meanwhile, heat olive oil (about 2 tablespoons) in a large pan over medium heat. add the red pepper and asparagus and sautee for about 6 minutes until slightly soft. make a "well" in the center of the pan and add in the dijon mustard and chicken stock and mix with a spoon, then toss the vegetables into it.

add the pasta, and the cheese, and mix through. enjoy!

i did say simple. you could do this with almost any vegetable, and i'd actually intended to put sausage into it, but completely forgot. so try that out and let me know how it goes!

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