Creamy Goat Cheese and Asparagus Orecchiette

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3/4 pound orecchiette
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 3/4 pound medium asparagus spears, cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the orecchiette until just al dente. Drain the orecchiette, reserving 2/3 cup of the cooking water.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and crushed red pepper and cook over moderate heat until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the orecchiette and the reserved cooking water to the skillet along with the lemon juice and zest; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the orecchiette is al dente and the asparagus is just tender, about 2 minutes. Add the goat cheese and chives and stir until melted. Transfer the pasta to bowls and serve with Parmesan cheese.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published March 2003

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