Linguine with Saffron, Tomatoes and Herbs
The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 up to 2 hours ahead. Reheat the asparagus before adding it to the pasta.
To make vegetable stock, combine 5 quarts of water with 1/4 cabbage, 2 carrots, 2 celery ribs, 6 garlic cloves, 1 medium onion, 4 scallions, 1/2 bunch of parsley, 2 bay leaves, 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns and 4 thyme sprigs and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the surface. Season with salt and simmer over low heat for 1 1/4 hours. Strain the stock.