Fiddlehead Spring Pasta

Fiddlehead Spring Pasta
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Fiddlehead Spring Pasta

Terrapin Restaurant

Fiddlehead Spring Pasta

Fiddleheads are the young curled up sprout of an ostrich fern. When properly prepared and cooked, they are meaty, with a slight crunch, similar to asparagus with a unique flavor. The first thing you need to do when you get fiddleheads is to clean them well. Fill a large basin with water and soak them, then rub each fiddlehead to remove the brown leafy fronds. Drain and then spin to dry in a salad spinner. Think asparagus when you prepare them from here. You can steam them and toss them in butter. Sauté them with olive oil and garlic. You can also make many other preparations.

I make a light Camembert cheese sauce (don't think Alfredo!) and mix it with as many spring delectables as I can get my hands on. Fiddleheads are always front and center as long as they're available.


For the Camembert sauce

Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Then, add the flour and cook for 1 minute. While whisking, add the wine, then milk and cream. Bring to a boil and let thicken. Turn off the heat and mix in the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside.

For the pasta

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain. Toss with the butter and set aside.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the oil, then the garlic, and sauté briefly. Add the cooked vegetables and sauté until well heated. Deglaze the pan with the white wine and then add 3 cups of the reserved sauce. Add the pasta and toss. Serve with Parmesan and season with pepper, to taste.


Calories per serving:

748 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber Vegetarian, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 36g 56%
  • Carbs 79g 26%
  • Saturated 20g 98%
  • Fiber 7g 29%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 12g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 24g 47%
  • Cholesterol 97mg 32%
  • Sodium 396mg 17%
  • Calcium 293mg 29%
  • Magnesium 86mg 21%
  • Potassium 586mg 17%
  • Iron 3mg 14%
  • Zinc 3mg 18%
  • Phosphorus 413mg 59%
  • Vitamin A 597µg 66%
  • Vitamin C 13mg 22%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 18%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 25%
  • Niacin (B3) 3mg 16%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 18%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 73µg 18%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 12%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin K 6µg 8%
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