Fettuccine with Peas, Asparagus, and Pancetta
I’m not very good at following recipe directions. I tend to make ingredient substitutions on a whim, or skip ingredients completely if I don’t have them on hand. But not this time – I had a special request from my significant other to make this Bon Appetit pasta dish for his birthday (look familiar? It was on the cover of the May issue). So I diligently went to the store and bought every single ingredient (except for the basil which came from my garden) – no skipping and no skimping this time.
Now for the big question: I can tell you that the dish tasted great. But how does my dish look compared to the Bon Appetit version?
Here’s the recipe for Fettuccine with Peas, Asparagus, and Pancetta, courtesy of Bon Appetit:
Total time: 40 minutes
12 ounces fettuccine or penne
3 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
1 1/4 pounds asparagus, trimmed, cut on diagonal into 1-inch pieces
2 cups shelled fresh green peas, blanched 1 minute in boiling water, drained, or frozen peas (do not thaw)
1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced, white and pale green parts separated from dark green parts
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus additional for serving
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.
Meanwhile, cook pancetta in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon drippings from skillet.
Add asparagus to drippings in skillet; sauté 3 minutes. Add peas, white and pale green parts of green onions, and garlic; sauté until vegetables are just tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add vegetable mixture, 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, dark green parts of green onions, 1/2 cup Parmesan, cream, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon peel, half of parsley, and half of basil to pasta.
Toss, adding more cooking liquid by tablespoonfuls if needed. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle pancetta, remaining parsley, and basil over.
Serve, passing additional Parmesan cheese.