Thursday, April 14, 2011

Springtime Pasta

I had leftover noodles and ricotta from my recent lasagna and used it to make this pasta dish.


First I fried some bacon. When it was crisp, I removed it and placed it on paper towels to drain and left the grease in the pot.



I cut some chives from the garden.


And mixed them into the ricotta. The ricotta already had been blended with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and some oregano.


I boiled some peas.


And finely diced an onion.


Then diced about 5 garlic cloves.


The onion and garlic is sauteed in the bacon grease. Sprinkle it with fresh ground black pepper and salt.


Add 2 cups of chicken stock and a cup of white wine.


Grate the zest from 1 lemon.


Add a bunch of sliced basil.


Then add your pasta. I sliced up my unused lasagna but you can use any kind of pasta you want.


In a separate frying pan saute' some asparagus until it begins to brown. Then add it to the pasta.


Chop up the crisp bacon and add it along with the peas. I also threw in some grated Parmesan. Stir to combine.



Serve it with a dollop of the ricotta mixture right on top. Scoop a bit of the ricotta on to your fork with each bite.

15 comments:

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

LOVE the SPRINGTIME pasta...looks great....

I am loving the SPRING cooking...i have lemon tea bread in the oven with lemon thyme in it....smells so good....

i saw on the sidebar...HALLOWEEN...199 days away...i have been watching it...waiting for it to be under 200 days....yipeeeeee

SharleneT said...

Clever, clever, girl to use up the lasagna noodles! What a fresh and delightful spring salad! Kudos. Goes on my list. Thanks for sharing. Just started having fresh garden salads and, Lordy, they are good.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Looks really tasty!

Have a great day now!
Christer.

HappyCrone said...

that looks most delicioso! Thanks for all the ideas!

Katie said...

I love spring pastas! Peas and asparagus go so well together. As to the bacon and ricotta - Yum!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yummers!

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

I would kill for a big plate of this right now. Yard work makes me sooo hungry. Another great way to use all this beautiful spring asparagus.

Guillaume said...

I once cooked something very similar, with veggie bacon. Quite nice and very seasonal.

Pricilla said...

It's snowing here today....Spring, I fear, is still a ways off.

the wild magnolia said...

Light and yummy with lots of good stuff!

Thanks for sharing!

Have a great day!

xoxo to "Teddy Red Fluffs".

Chris said...

Mama Mia!! This looks wonderful!!

greekwitch said...

Greetings! I could almost smell it over here.It is decided. Tonight we will have pasta! Yum!
On my blog i started a weekly theme for health and balance. This weeks subject is green tea. I was wondering if you have any ice tea recipes? Do you make some special blend?
Brightest blessings!

greekwitch said...

Greetings! I could almost smell it over here.It is decided. Tonight we will have pasta! Yum!
On my blog i started a weekly theme for health and balance. This weeks subject is green tea. I was wondering if you have any ice tea recipes? Do you make some special blend?
Brightest blessings!

greekwitch said...

Syrup in the tea? That sounds awesome! You are full of wonderful ideas! Thank you!

Mina said...

Sounds awesome!