Spring Orecchiette

3

Serves

4

Spring Orecchiette

Photo, Rachelle Beatty.

Nothing says spring like asparagus! This pasta is a breeze to throw together for last-minute company.


Ingredients

  • 300 g orecchiette
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups trimmed asparagus , cut into 2-in. lengths
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp packed grated fresh lemon zest
  • 3 cups lightly packed baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup Vegan Parm , plus more for serving
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup spreadable cashew cheese

Vegan Parm

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  • Make the Vegan Parm. In a mini food processor, pulse all ingredients until finely ground, 20 to 40 sec. Store in a resealable container at room temperature for up to 3 months.
  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, 10 to 12 min. Drain in a colander and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large frying pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and just starting to turn golden, 3 to 4 min. Add the white wine and cook until reduced by half, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the asparagus and cook for 2 min. Stir in the peas, parsley, vegetable stock and lemon zest, and cook until the peas are bright green and tender, about 4 min. Add the cooked pasta, arugula and Vegan Parm, and toss together until the arugula is just wilted. Season with salt and pepper, and add the cashew cheese in small pieces.
  • Divide the pasta among pasta dishes and top with extra Vegan Parm, if desired. Serve immediately.

Excerpted from Fraiche Food, Full Hearts: A Collection of Recipes for Every Day and Casual Celebrations by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer. Copyright © 2019 by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer. Photography copyright © 2019 by Janis Nicolay. Published by Penguin Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.