Thursday, May 22, 2014

Creamy Bow-Tie Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus | Adventures in Cooking

Things have been moving very quickly here. I've been immersed in many photo projects, much writing, and keeping tabs on the home-purchasing which has hit a small snag with the appraisal, (but that should be resolved soon). Sometimes when the world seems to be whirling at an increasing speed around you, you just need to sit down and enjoy a good seasonal meal to ground yourself with the moment. It being spring, and myself being in dire need of comfort food, I prepared some asparagus pasta and tossed in a bit of parmesan and mushrooms for that extra warm and earthy kick.

Creamy Bow-Tie Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus | Adventures in Cooking

It also provided me with the perfect opportunity to use my new favorite kitchen item and current visual obsession, my set of copper cookware from Falk. Being able to cook with a set of copper pans has been a revelation for me. Things cook faster and more evenly, no matter what I toss in the pot seems to automatically appear photo-ready due to its lovely copper surroundings, and the gorgeous rustic iron handles not only give them a beautiful hand-forged touch, but they are sturdy as hell. I don't think I could bend the handles even if I took a hammer to them. The even heat that's distributed throughout the pan is a dream, it didn't even occur to me that a pan might exist where the very center of it isn't always cooking much too quickly because that's where the flame circle is. Despite their sturdy stainless steel interior, I've been keeping these guys in their own special drawer in the hall closet to keep them safe from the craziness of the packing going on in the rest of the house, peeking in at them every so often and sighing. I can't wait to move into the new house and find a place in the kitchen to display their loveliness, and that way they'll always be within arm's reach so I won't have to shuffle out into the hallway every time I want to cook with them (which, with my schedule, is pretty much all the time).

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus | Adventures in Cooking

I'm also being especially careful to keep everything out of the pup's reach while we're packing, since she's been especially troublesome as of late. This past weekend she got into the garbage and ate 2 small pork rib bones, which I had to figure out by sorting through the trash to see how many were left and counting the bones in the photos of the ribs I shot. I immediately went down the google black hole where pork bones -> splintering -> imminent dog death and promptly freaked the hell out. Luckily, she was completely fine, and this probably wouldn't have startled me as much if it weren't for the experience we had with her right before we went out of town to look at houses, which I'll post about next time because it's a realllllly long story. Until then, I wish you a lovely spring full of tasty seasonal foods. Apricot season is right around the corner!

Oh! And just a reminder that registration for my Summer 2013 Online Food Styling & Photography Course is open until May 31st, and since it's all online anyone can participate regardless of location. Hope to virtually see some of you there!

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus | Adventures in Cooking

Ingredients:


1 lb bow tie pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons butter
1 lb trimmed asparagus, cut into 1-inch long pieces
6 ounces baby bella or brown button mushrooms, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup cream
1 tablespoon flour
1/3 cup white wine, room temperature
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup grated swiss cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried savory leaves, whole or crushed

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus | Adventures in Cooking

Prepare the bow tie pasta according to the package directions. Drizzle it with a tablespoon of olive oil and toss, then set aside.

Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for three minutes. Add the asparagus and allow to cook for 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so. Add the mushrooms and cook until they have darkened and begin to wrinkle slightly, about another 5 minutes. Taste one of the asparagus pieces. If it is too hard and stringy inside, cook it a few minutes more. Remove the pan from heat and set it aside.

Creamy Bow Tie Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus | Adventures in Cooking

In a small saucepan, warm the milk and cream over medium-low heat until hot but no boiling. Whisk in the flour until the sauce thickens, making sure the whisk continually until the sauce is smooth and the flour is completely incorporated. Add the wine, grated cheeses, and seasonings and continue stirring until the cheese is melted and the seasonings are evenly distributed throughout the sauce.

Add the pasta and sauce to the sauté pan with the asparagus and mushrooms and toss until the ingredients are evenly distributed and everything is lightly coated in the sauce. Serve immediately.




Creamy Bow-Tie Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus | Adventures in Cooking

31 comments:

  1. Recipes like this are so comforting to me. Plus, they're quick, and great for weeknight meals when things get busy. Love!

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    1. Exactly! Just boil the pasta while you're sautéing the vegetables and it takes like 15 minutes to make the whole thing :)

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  2. Just can't get enough of asparagus! And I love what you did here!

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    1. Thanks so much! Asparagus has such a great flavor, especially when you give it a little pan-frying in a dash of butter :)

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  3. Eva! These photos are insane. So so pretty. Now i want a copper pan too :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Dervla! I can't recommend them highly enough, sooooooooo much nicer to cook with than stainless steel or cast iron. And it just looks so pretty to boot!

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    1. Awwww muchas gracias, Conxita!! :D

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    1. Haha, thank you! They are indeed quire lovely :)

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  6. Loove this dish and your photos are stunning as always.
    Also, I adore that octopus wine opener. Where did you find that? I want one! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Magda!! I got it an Anthropologie :) Such a fun find!

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  7. That's some gorgeous copper cookware! Also, I've never bought bow-tie pasta but I've always thought they are ever so adorable.

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    1. Aren't they? Their shapes are just so fun!!

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  8. I've done so little with asparagus this spring, mostly because it took forever for spring to arrive up here and because now that it's here, school is crazy. I should take a moment to reconnect to my kitchen and seasonal eating with this dish. And oh, puppy phase. I wasn't living at home when my family got our dog, but I heard stories. Yikes! There is really nothing like the loyalty and love you get from your dog, though. The struggles are worth it :)

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    1. I've heard that all the spring produce on the east coast has been crazy delayed. I know apricots have been delayed over here a bit, we usually start getting them towards the end of May but I haven't seen them anywhere. SO excited for when they get here, though. And yes, dogs are crazy sometimes. She's somewhere between a year and two years so she's still very young, and her beagle nose drives her to get into everything. We have to put rubber bands around the knobs on the garbage cabinets to keep her from opening the doors and pulling everything out. Once we get the new house we'll just put child-safe locks on everything low to keep her from getting into stuff. Sometimes animals are a little to clever for their own good haha. But I agree with you, the struggles are definitely worth it. Especially when I get to snuggle up next to her at bedtime, she's just so damn cute!

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  9. This sounds perfect! It does feel like spring has come with a whirlwind of opportunities after the very loooong and severe winter we had. Guess the thawing out brought the creativity out of all of us as well! Nothing like a simple meal to help you feel grounded.

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    1. Most definitely :) Thank you Shelly!

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  10. This looks absolutely delicious and it's so easy to prepare, I should really try this recipe soon!

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    1. Thank you so much! Let me know how you like it :)

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  11. Awesome post .i hope everybody will like your post

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  12. Just gorgeous, Eva! All your photos are always beautiful, but I have to agree with you that the Falk cookware adds a certain somethin somethin ;) This looks like the perfect springtime pasta -- love it as always. And a belated congrats on your new home!!! Boo on the headache and logistics, but so excited for you in your big move :)

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    1. Awww thank you!!! I am so excited for the move, it will be so nice to have space to roam around in! :) And I could not agree more about the Falk pots and pans, I just love cooking with them so much.

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  13. That bow tie pasta looks so delicious. I must prepare it for my family soon. And your pictures are totally amazing :)

    Domestic cleaning Wimbledon

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  14. This pasta looks divine. I make a version of this on my website. Your photography and blog is simply fabulous!

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  15. I just made this recipe for dinner! Thanks so much for sharing. I don't I usually measure ingredients unless I'm baking, so I estimated everything in this recipe and it still came out so delicious. I'm so glad I found your blog!

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  16. I just made this recipe for dinner! Thanks so much for sharing. I don't I usually measure ingredients unless I'm baking, so I estimated everything in this recipe and it still came out so delicious. I'm so glad I found your blog!

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  17. Wow...this is good. It has everything I like. Asparagus, pasta and creamy sauce with cheese and wine. I am also thinking, maybe add shrimps or bacon. :)

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  18. That looks SO good. I love pastas with mushrooms, can't wait to try this myself.

    Sonya
    blog about Russian girl living in Oregon, USA with a passion for reading, traveling and exploring.
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