Truffle & Pancetta Pasta with Asparagus & Spinach
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Truffle & Pancetta Pasta

with Asparagus & Spinach

35 MIN
+$3.00/serving 2 Servings
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WHY WE LOVE THIS DISH
To celebrate the first signs of spring, we're tossing toothsome cavatelli (perfectly tubular for catching saucy bites) with verdant asparagus and a bright, creamy sauce of mascarpone, tangy verjus blanc, savory pancetta, truffle zest, and more. It's all complete with a fresh, crunchy side salad of crisp radishes, arugula, and roasted pistachios.
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Truffle & Pancetta Pasta with Asparagus & Spinach
Title
  • 3 oz Diced Pancetta
  • 10 oz Fresh Cavatelli Pasta (Previously Frozen)
  • 6 oz Asparagus
  • 2 oz Arugula
  • 3 oz Baby Spinach
  • 3 oz Radishes
  • 1 bunch Chives
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Sherry Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsps Roasted Pistachios
  • 1 Tbsp Verjus Blanc
  • 1 Tbsp Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
  • 1 oz Salted Butter
  • ¼ tsp Truffle Zest Seasoning (Includes Natural Truffle Flavor And Black Summer Truffle)
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tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients & make the dressing
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the dressing

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Snap off and discard the tough, woody stem ends of the asparagus; cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces (keeping the pointed tips intact). Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Halve the radishes lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Thinly slice the chives. Roughly chop the pistachios. In a large bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

Cook the pancetta
2 Cook the pancetta

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pancetta. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. 

Cook the pasta
3 Cook the pasta

Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 11 to 13 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.  

Cook the vegetables
4 Cook the vegetables

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the asparagus pieces and sliced shallot; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the spinach. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until wilted. Add the verjus. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Turn off the heat.

Make the salad
5 Make the salad

To the bowl of dressing, add the arugula and sliced radishes; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pan of cooked vegetables, add the cooked pasta, mascarpone, butter, cooked pancetta, as much of the truffle zest as you'd like, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Serve the finished pasta with the salad on the side. Garnish the pasta with the parmesan and sliced chives. Top the salad with the chopped pistachios. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare the ingredients & make the dressing
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the dressing

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Snap off and discard the tough, woody stem ends of the asparagus; cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces (keeping the pointed tips intact). Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Halve the radishes lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Thinly slice the chives. Roughly chop the pistachios. In a large bowl, whisk together the mustard, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper.

2 Cook the pancetta

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pancetta. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. 

Cook the pancetta
Cook the pasta
3 Cook the pasta

Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 11 to 13 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.  

4 Cook the vegetables

In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the asparagus pieces and sliced shallot; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the spinach. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until wilted. Add the verjus. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Turn off the heat.

Cook the vegetables
Make the salad
5 Make the salad

To the bowl of dressing, add the arugula and sliced radishes; season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.

6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pan of cooked vegetables, add the cooked pasta, mascarpone, butter, cooked pancetta, as much of the truffle zest as you'd like, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Serve the finished pasta with the salad on the side. Garnish the pasta with the parmesan and sliced chives. Top the salad with the chopped pistachios. Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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