Pasta with asparagus pesto is one of the best Italian Spring recipes.
The asparagus season is very short, which is why they are very popular. In addition, given the many properties contained in this precious vegetable, it is advisable to consume it when in season to benefit from its nutrients. Rich in Vitamin C and B, asparagus are rich in calcium, phosphorus and potassium. The strength of the asparagus lies in being diuretics and depuratives, therefore allies to improve renal functions. And it is thanks to their action, as some recent studies have shown, that asparagus would also have an antidepressive function.
Seasonal asparagus are one of the most versatile vegetables. They are ideal for preparing a creamy pesto, with a consistent taste. This sauce is delicious as a pasta dressing.
Pasta with asparugus pesto: Ingredients
200 g (7 oz) asparagus
7 basil leaves
50 g (2 oz) toasted hazelnuts
80 ml (3 fl oz) extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
White pepper, to taste
320 g (11¼ oz) short pasta
Pasta with asparugus pesto: Method
- Clean the asparagus, cut into cubes and cook for 2 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain and cool in a bowl containing icy water. Drop it again.
- Blend the asparagus with basil, hazelnuts, oil, salt, and white pepper until a creamy coarse cream is obtained.
- Cook pasta, al dente, in boiling salted water. Season with asparagus pesto and a sprinkle of pepper.