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Creamy Shiitake Asparagus Pasta

Serves 4

8 to 10 oz. dried pasta 4 to 6 oz. chopped shiitake or oyster mushrooms 1 medium onion or 1/2 cup garlic scapes, chopped 2 or 3 cups fresh asparagus – cut into 1 inch lengths 1/4 cup butter 2 tablespoons flour 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme or oregano salt & pepper 1/2 cup cream 1/2 cup white wine 1/3 cup crumbled friesago cheese 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

  • Put a large pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta.

  • Clean mushrooms if needed, remove stems, and chop. Store mushroom stems in the freezer to add to stock.

  • Clean asparagus thoroughly and cut into segments.

  • Peel and chop onion. Mince the parsley and crumble the cheese.

  • This sauce is ready in about 8 minutes, so don’t start cooking it until the pasta is sufficiently far along that they will be ready at the same time.

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and sauté the onions or scapes until transparent and/or soft.

  • Add mushrooms and asparagus until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir regularly. Sprinkle the vegetables with the flour, and season with the thyme or oregano, salt and pepper.

  • Cook, stirring constantly for another minute or two.

  • Mix in the cream and wine. Stir constantly until the sauce has thickened, then mix in most of the cheese and parsley.

  • Toss sauce with the cooked, drained pasta and serve at once, garnished with remaining cheese and parsley.

recipe adapted from Seasonal Ontario Food blog


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