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Exam-Time Pasta

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Introduction

I made this for lunch today when I should have been studying. It's a good way to use up all the leftover bits and pieces that I always seem to have sitting in the fridge (asparagus was cheap last week so I bought bucket loads.... and after finishing a low-carb diet I am SO over eating it steamed with boiled eggs!). All the ingredients are to taste really, so you can be as generous or as stingy as you like. But I always think that with garlic, chillies and anchovies - more is always better. Hehe, enjoy!

I made this for lunch today when I should have been studying. It's a good way to use up all the leftover bits and pieces that I always seem to have sitting in the fridge (asparagus was cheap last week so I bought bucket loads.... and after finishing a low-carb diet I am SO over eating it steamed with boiled eggs!). All the ingredients are to taste really, so you can be as generous or as stingy as you like. But I always think that with garlic, chillies and anchovies - more is always better. Hehe, enjoy!

Ingredients

Serves: 1

Metric Cups
  • 125 grams penne pasta
  • 1 bunch fresh green asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 small chilli (chopped)
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 1 handful semi-dried tomatoes
  • feta cheese
  • fresh flatleaf parsley (optional)
  • 4⅖ ounces penne pasta
  • 1 bunch fresh green asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 small chile (chopped)
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 1 handful semi-dried tomatoes
  • feta cheese
  • fresh italian parsley (optional)

Method

Exam-Time Pasta is a community recipe submitted by aussie_sarah and has not been tested by Nigella.com so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

  • Boil some water and drop the pasta in.
  • Trim the asparagus and chop into approximately the same length as the pasta. Steam over the pasta for about 3 minutes (I used one of those big Chinese bamboo steamers)
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat oil, garlic and chopped chillies with anchovy fillets in a frypan. Stir around until anchovies break up into mush and it all smells really nice.
  • Add semi-dried tomatoes and stir around. Tip in asparagus and stir to coat in the fragrant oil. Turn off the heat.
  • Add drained pasta to the pan and stir around to distribute the asparagus evenly.
  • Tip into a bowl and crumble feta cheese and some parsley over. Eat with a fork, on the couch in front of the TV or computer.
  • Boil some water and drop the pasta in.
  • Trim the asparagus and chop into approximately the same length as the pasta. Steam over the pasta for about 3 minutes (I used one of those big Chinese bamboo steamers)
  • While the pasta is cooking, heat oil, garlic and chopped chillies with anchovy fillets in a frypan. Stir around until anchovies break up into mush and it all smells really nice.
  • Add semi-dried tomatoes and stir around. Tip in asparagus and stir to coat in the fragrant oil. Turn off the heat.
  • Add drained pasta to the pan and stir around to distribute the asparagus evenly.
  • Tip into a bowl and crumble feta cheese and some parsley over. Eat with a fork, on the couch in front of the TV or computer.
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    What 1 Other has said

    • Ooh, this sounds incredible! I'll have to try it ASAP! I've never thought of using asparagus with pasta like that :)

      Posted by nikki.carnovale on 19th October 2014
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