Buccatini with white bean, asparagus, shitake mushrooms, lovage and parmesan compliments of Chef Samantha Buyskes and Anthony Road Wine Company.
Buccatini With White Bean, Asparagus, Shitake Mushrooms, Lovage & Parmesan
This deliciously hearty dish is earthy and creamy with the bright celery-like flavor of lovage - unforgettable!
Heat a pot of water until boiling. Add 1 tablespoon salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil to boiling water. Add pasta to boiling water and cook for 8 minutes until al dente; drain.
Meanwhile, heat ¼ cup butter with the remaining 2 T olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and asparagus, salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes until asparagus starts to soften. Add white beans and riesling and cook for about 4 minutes allowing the wine to cook down a little and the alcohol flavor to be removed. Toss in the pasta and lovage and mix it all thoroughly. Pour into a large serving bowl and top with parmesan cheese.
Celery leaves can be substituted for lovage.
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This is the traditional Italian recipe for basil pesto made with lots of fresh basil. *Secret chef’s technique: Sprinkle fresh parmigiano reggiano on your pasta first, after the pasta is cooked, then add the pesto. The cheese will stick the pesto to the pasta and create the perfect texture.
Basil Pesto (Traditional)
This pesto packs a flavor punch that will not be forgotten!
Toast the pine nuts in a 300 degree oven for 5 minutes. Watch them closely. They will burn.
Put all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor and blend streaming in the olive oil slowly until everything is mixed. Add extra oil if needed.
This recipe will make enough pesto for 1 pound of dried pasta. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month. The best technique to use it is to sprinkle fresh parmigiano reggiano on your pasta first, after the pasta is cooked, then add the pesto. The cheese will stick the pesto to the pasta and create the perfect texture.