Asparagus, pea & pancetta pasta
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Asparagus, pea & pancetta pasta

A speedy midweek dinner made with in-season British asparagus, crispy pancetta, and a creamy lemon sauce.

  • Serves2
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time25 mins

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Ingredients

  • 175g casarecce pasta
  • 230g pack Waitrose British Asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 100g garden peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 echalion shallot, finely chopped
  • 50g beechwood smoked diced pancetta
  • 150ml white wine
  • 1 tbsp single cream
  • ½ unwaxed lemon, zest, plus a squeeze of juice
  • 10g Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated, plus extra to serve

Method

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Meanwhile, slice the asparagus on the diagonal into bite-sized pieces and add to the pan, along with the peas, for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time.

  2. At the same time, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the shallot, pancetta, and a pinch of salt and fry for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and turning golden. Add the wine and bubble briskly until only 2-3 tbsp liquid remains.

  3. Scoop out a mugful of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and add to the frying pan with the cream, lemon zest, cheese, and 2-3 tbsp cooking water. Stir for a minute until the pasta is coated in a glossy sauce. Remove from the heat, squeeze over a little lemon juice and grind over a little black pepper. Grate over some extra cheese to serve.

Cook’s tip

Waste not: Pancetta - Dry fry until crispy, then scatter over salads and soups to give them extra texture and a hit of flavour

And to drink...

Mirabeau La Folie Sparkling Rosé, Southern France (75cl), is a delicious, award-winning fizz with elegant red fruit aromas.

Nutritional

Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

1,817kJ/ 434kcals

Fat

14g

Saturated Fat

5.8g

Carbohydrates

41g

Sugars

4.5g

Fibre

6g

Protein

18g

Salt

0.91g

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