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Rush Hour Recipes 3-21-11

Rush Hour Recipes brought to you by Whole Foods Co-op

Asparagus Pesto Pasta

Hanover Co-op, Hanover, NH

2 lb Asparagus

3 T Lemon Juice

2 T Olive Oil

3-4 cloves Garlic

1/4 c fresh Basil Leaves, coarsely chopped

About 1 pound fresh Fettuccine or Linguine

Salt & Pepper

Parmesan Cheese, grated

In a 5- to 6-quart pan, bring about 3 quarts water to a boil over high heat. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus. Add asparagus to boiling water. Cook, uncovered, until just barely tender to bite, 4 to 5 minutes. With tongs, lift out asparagus and drain; cool slightly.

In a blender or food processor, combine lemon juice, oil, garlic, and basil. Return water in pan to a boil. Add fettuccine. Cook, uncovered, until barely tender to bite, about 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, diagonally trim off top 3 to 4 inches of asparagus spears. Place asparagus tips in a colander. Coarsely chop stems and add to blender along with 6 tablespoons hot water from pasta pan. Whirl until smooth.

Drain pasta into colander containing asparagus tips. Transfer tips and pasta to serving bowl. Pour asparagus purée over pasta and mix. Add salt, pepper, and cheese to taste.

For best flavor and nutrition, Whole Foods Co-op recommends using organic ingredients whenever possible.

The recipe above is for home use only by permission of Whole Foods Co-op.

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