Foraging for Wild Asparagus

May 31, 2014 11:18 am Published by Leave your thoughts
A GOOD HUNT TODAY!

A good bunch this time!

Abundant rain this spring has meant abundant wild asparagus. Had a good hunt this morning, coming home with an armful of wild asparagus – and a few wildflowers, too. For lunch today: pasta with wild asparagus. i even had enough for a wild asparagus frittata as well.

Wild asparagus frittata

Springtime goodness: wild asparagus frittata

We have chickens again and fresh eggs of free-range chickens (with those rich orange yolks!) makes a wild asparagus frittata – or even just scrambled eggs – a regal feast. And with a bit more asparagus, we could have had wild asparagus risotto tonight!

Scrambled eggs with wild asparagus

Scrambled eggs with wild asparagus and fennel/carrot salad: the perfect dinner

Recipe for pasta agli asparagi (and use garden asparagus if you don’t have woods nearby with the wild variety!) – for about 5 persons:

For the tomato sauce: Cover the bottom of a medium-sized saucepan with extra-virgin olive oil (TOP quality!) and add 2 garlic cloves, half a white onion, a small peeled carrot and a piece of celery (about 4 inches or so). Simmer until garlic cloves are golden. Add large can of tomatoes (use fresh tomatoes ONLY in the summer when very ripe – and use Roma ones if using fresh tomatoes). Simmer about 20 mins.

Break the asparagus into small pieces, about 1” or so. Simmer in about 1” of salted water to which you’ll add about 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil. When al dente (“to the tooth”), add to the tomato sauce. Serve on penne pasta (use 1 lb for every 5 persons). Add Parmesan cheese – and black pepper, if desired.

Buon appetito!

Read more on hunting wild asparagus
See a video on a wild asparagus hunt
See a video on wild-asparagus frittata-making
Read more about an asparagus hunt
Read about Novella – and her wild asparagus

 

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After chopping into small pieces, a good wash

asparagus pasta sauce - che buono!

Pasta sauce with wild asparagus – and tiny meatballs too!

Penne pasta with wild asparagus sauce

Penne pasta with wild asparagus sauce

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