Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Perciatelli with Peppery Cheese and Asparagus

 Have you ever heard of perciatelli pasta before?  I sure hadn't!  This past weekend, our friends made us pasta that was hallowed out in the middle...it was superb!  The pasta absorbs the flavor better than your standard spaghetti...I'm officially obsessed!

We prepped the pasta with our standard olive oil, garlic, and butter.  What made it much more special was the addition of Romano Pecorino, basil and asparagus!  It had a great peppery bite and yet the basil added a sweet finish!

Ingredients:
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 TB butter
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1 pound pasta
  • Romano Pecorino cheese, to taste
  • 12 large basil leaves
  • Bundle of Asparagus
Melt the butter over medium heat and add olive oil.  Saute the garlic until aromatic.  Meanwhile, boil the pasta according to directions.  Add pasta to sauce and toss.   We cooked our asparagus in the oven at 400 degrees...you can choose to do this how you wish, but we toss with olive oil and salt & pepper before baking.  Bake for about 12 minutes.  Plate the pasta and add basil, cheese and asparagus.


This dish makes a flavorful meal that's great for mid-week or date night.  I imagine a glass of chardonnay would pair wonderfully!

Hope you enjoy!  Bon Appetit!

xo natasha

Linked to: Tasty Tuesdays

PS...I'm talking about my love for mint over at Henning Love today!  Be sure to stop by and check it out!

42 comments:

  1. That looks amazing! Love your blog! :)

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  2. This sounds incredible! I've never heard of that pasta -- I want to try it!

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  3. this sounds delicious! i tried the beef and broccoli one a couple of weeks ago and that was amazing, so i'll definitely be trying this one too :) xx

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  4. Ah looks delish. Can't believe you are still motivated to whip up these delicious meals!

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  5. Oh my goodness... this look delish!

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  6. Oh I'm all about pasta...this one looks great!

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  7. Ahh I have to find some of this pasta, it looks so good! :)

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  8. Looks delish!! Congrats on finding out you are having a boy! Yay!!

    Amy R. {plain & fancy living}

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  9. This looks delicious Natasha! I'm stopping by from Henning Love, and I'm your newest follower :-)

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  10. I thought I had heard of every pasta, but I was definitely wrong. This is a new one for me. Looks delicious! :)

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  11. this looks delicious and asparagus is about the only veggie my fiance will eat so i definitely have to try this recipe! thanks for sharing...

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  12. Oh goodness! That looks amazing!

    And congrats on having a boy!!!

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  13. Never heard of it but looks soso good! I've given up pasta for now but once I get back from FL I'm diving head first haha

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  14. Yum - this looks delicious Natasha! Thanks for sharing - until now I had never heard about perciatelli either - now I know!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  15. Ottima pasta ed ottimo condimento..brava!!!

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  16. That looks so so yummy! Can't go wrong with pasta in my book! New follower to your blog! :)

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  17. I've never heard of that pasta before either--excited to try it!:) Thanks for recipe, Natasha!:)

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  18. looks delicious! never heard of that type of noodle before, but I love pasta with asparagus and cheese!!

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  19. Yum! I need to add this to our meal plan for next week. We always try to have one pasta/meatless dish at least.

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  20. I just came from your 'mint' post on Henning Love. That was awesome! I'm inspired for awhile. :)

    Definitely going to look around here, and follow. :)

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  21. This looks delicious! Thanks for always sharing such yummy recipes! Loved your mint post also!

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  22. So yummy. when are you coming out with a recipe book . . .sort of not kidding. May I have a signed copy?

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  23. oh my gosh, that looks absolutely amazing! so so good. I want to try it now!
    xx

    Enter the giveaway for my new jewelry boutique!

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  24. Love this dish! Especially with that shaved parmesan on top ;)

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  25. Thank you! I am craving pasta--but needed something quick and easy for tomorrow night. :) Will definitely be testing this tomorrow night!

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  26. YUM!!! I'd definitely make that, for sure! It looks delicious. Hope you're having a great week!

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  27. Looks amazing!! I so wish carbs were allowed in my diet right now! BOO

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  28. Mmmm, Natasha, thank you for sharing this. It's the perfect meatless meal for me when my husband is traveling. Look forward to making it!

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  29. This looks freaking amazing! I will add necessary ingredients to my grocery list :).

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  30. Never had it but now I want it! Look so fresh and tasty!

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  31. Yum! I love asparagus! I will definitely be making this. Looks super easy too!

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  32. I make a pasta with goat cheese and asparagus that's so tasty. Asparagus and pasta work so well together - I can't wait to try this version.

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  33. That looks so yummy and as soon as I get back from the beach I will be making that! We're off carbs right now so that just makes it look even that much better.
    www.winetastegirl.com

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  34. I really enjoy simple pastas, I love to eat asparagus but I often eat them grilled and with a steak it would be nice tho try them in a pasta

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  35. What could be better than pasta with cheese and asparagus! Great mouthwatering pics..I will definitely be trying this one. Thx Natasha!

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  36. This sounds delicious! I know I've said this before....you need to write a cookbook! You have wonderful recipes and a nice variety.

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  37. Wow - this sounds amazing! I can't wait to try it out... yum.

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