Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta Recipe

Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta Recipe
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Spaghetti with Shaved Asparagus and Pancetta Recipe

Jessica Chou

This simple spaghetti dish is just as good without pancetta. For vegetarians, add more asparagus and try topping the dish with a poached egg and shaved Parmesan, pecorino, or Grana Padano.

Total cost: $5.59

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Ingredients

  • ½ pound dry spaghetti ($.99)
  • Salt, to taste
  • 6 ounces asparagus, trimmed ($2.00)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed and roughly chopped ($.10)
  • 2 ounces pancetta, cubed ($2.50)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions

In a medium-sized pot over high heat, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Salt the water liberally, until it tastes like the sea.

Add the spaghetti and lower the heat to medium-high heat. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just under al dente, then drain.

Meanwhile, shave the asparagus into long strips with a vegetable peeler.

Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat and then add the olive oil. Heat until shimmering then add the chopped garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add the pancetta and cook over medium heat for 1 minute.

Add the asparagus strips and mix, cooking for another 1-2 minutes. Then add the pasta and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and incorporate the butter into the pasta. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Spaghetti Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Spaghetti Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Spaghetti Wine Pairing

Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, primitivo, sangiovese, or carménère with meat- or tomato-based sauces; grenache or chardonnay with cream-based sauces; pinot gris/grigio, albariño, or other fresh white wines (for instance, soave, Italian sauvignon, or grillo) with seafood pasta; nebbiolo, dolcetto, or barbera with most non-seafood pasta.