2.28.2011

Spring Vegetable Pasta with Mushroom Butter Sauce

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To the best I can tell, it is pretty much spring around these here parts.  We have had beautiful weather and I sure hope it stays that way.  This is pretty much one of the freshest pastas I have ever made with so much flavor.  A co-worker shared this recipe with me (thank you, Christy!) after going to a cooking class and I just had to try it.
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I usually do not like my pasta to be bothered with any sort of vegetable, but the long ribbons that you make out of carrots, zucchini, and squash intrigued me.  The ribbons were so delicate and soaked up the mushroom butter sauce to just melt in your mouth.

From my little kitchen to yours... Enjoy.
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Spring Vegetable Pasta with Mushroom Butter Sauce
Recipe Notes
The original recipe called for pappardelle pasta.  This is basically a skinny version of lasagna noodles, but I could not find it so I used fettucine.  Use whatever you can find.  If you are unfamiliar with leeks, they are really just a larger version of a green onion.  Wash them well and slice just the white part.  See picture above. 
Ingredients
1 lb. fettucine or pappardelle pasta *see recipe note
2 zucchini
2 yellow squash
2 carrots 
1 cup chopped white button mushrooms
2 leeks, washed and sliced *see recipe note
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 lemon, zested and juice
Step by Step
Peel carrot with vegetable peeler and throw away outer layer.  Continue to peel long ribbons of carrots and set aside.  Peel squash and zucchini into long ribbon pieces, stopping at seeds.  Make long strands one side of squash until you hit seed.  Then, rotate to another side and repeat until all sides have been peeled; set aside.
Saute leeks with butter on medium heat, 4-5 minutes until translucent.  Add garlic and continue to cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes.  Add mushrooms and wine and cook an additional 10 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Mushroom butter sauce can be covered and stored in the refrigerator up to one week.  Boil pasta according to directions on packaging in a large pot of salted water.  When pasta has 3 minutes left, add ribbons of vegetables to pasta and cook together.  
Drain pasta and vegetables and place in a large bowl.  Pour butter sauce on top and mix to combine.  Serve immediately. 

Makes 6 servings. 

12 comments:

  1. All of the ribbons of pasta are lovely. We are having warm weather too and this seems like the perfect meal. Great pictures of the veggies!

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  2. goodness I love your recipes! Usually I do vegetable ribbons in lieu of pasta, but I love your version (the boy-toy will prefer it as well, ha!) You could really do an amazing cookbook, styled like TPW with your amazing photography. Keep it up!

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  3. I agree! I'm ready for a cookbook!

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  4. Ashlea, what a nice and colorful pasta dish...love how you put them all together. Have a great week ahead :-)

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  5. Thanks for the sweet comments. :)

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  6. I've been doing that to my vegetables lately too! Beautiful dish!

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  7. You're so right, those ribbons of colourful veggies sing "Spring"! Looks yummy too :)

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  8. Gorgeous and this sounds too good! I definitely need to try it sometime because I love all of these veggies.

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  9. Hello! Just wanted to let you know I tried out this recipe this past weekend. My sister and best friend came into town to stay for the weekend. They all loved it - even my super picky hunnie! I will admit, I totally forgot the mushrooms at the store, but it was still great :-) Thanks for sharing!

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