Baked Pasta with Asparagus (Pasta al Forno con Asparagi)
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- Ready In:
- Wash Asparagus.
- Remove any tough stalks and cut into short lengths.
- You may want to split the length in half.
- Melt about 3 tbs of butter in pan and cook the asparagus over a low heat for about 20 min.
- Every so often, add a little chicken stock to keep it moist.
- When the asparagus is done, season to taste.
- While the asparagus is cooking, process the ricotta cheese with the oil.
- Cook the pasta for half the time stated on the package.
- Drain and immediately toss in the remaining butter and half the Parmesan.
- Butter a deep oven dish.
- Make a thin layer of pasta, then one of asparagus, then one of pasta again and then one of ricotta.
- Repeat, finishing with the layer of pasta.
- Beat together the eggs and the remaining cheese and pour over the top.
- Sprinkle with black pepper.
- Bake in a medium oven, 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
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This is a very tasty dish but I did a couple of things wrong. The recipe says to use a deep oven dish - I used a 2 1/2" dish and this made it a bit dry - I found that 20 minutes in the oven was not enough time to cook the eggs and brown the cheese. The asparagus only needs to be sauted for about 5 minutes (I like them crisp) It is easily enough for 8 persons if it is a side dish and not the main course. I am not awarding stars because I feel it was my errors that caused it to be dry and want to be fair in my rating a/o comments
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