Spring Vegetable Fettuccine Alfredo


Spring vegetables brighten up classic pasta Alfredo, while lemon zest and chives cut the rich creaminess.

Kosher salt
One 9-ounce package fresh fettuccine
Extra-virgin olive oil, for tossing
2 cups shiitake mushrooms (about 4 ounces), stems removed and discarded
1 bunch thin asparagus, about 1 pound
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/2 cup frozen peas
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 tablespoon chopped chives
Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until tender but slightly firm. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water, then strain the pasta and toss with a splash of oil in the colander.

Meanwhile, slice the mushroom caps into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Cut the woody ends off the asparagus and cut into 2-inch lengths. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add 2 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter melts, raise the heat to medium-high and add the mushrooms in 1 layer. Cook, without moving, until the undersides have browned, 1 to 2 minutes, then stir and cook until golden about 2 minutes more. Add the asparagus, another tablespoon of butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the asparagus is tender and the mushrooms are browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to the colander with the pasta.

Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 5 tablespoons butter. When the butter has mostly melted, whisk in the cream and bring to a simmer, then add the peas and cook for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Whisk the Parmigiano-Reggiano into the sauce. Add the vegetables, cooked pasta, chives and lemon zest and toss well. Season with salt and pepper. The pasta will thicken as it cools. To thin it, add reserved pasta water 1 tablespoon at a time and toss to reach the desired consistency. Serve hot in heated bowls.


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