Day 97–Gambling on A Garden, Part II and Spring Pasta with Ham and Asparagus

 

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After mulching and putting in a walking path!!

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Before--looking better, but not quite there!

We’re spending the weekend working on the yard, getting our little garden into shape and sprucing things up in general. We managed to get 5 cubic yards of mulch out into the flower and garden beds and the rest of the herbs planted in pots. Here are some before and after shots.

After a long day of shoveling mulch and working in the yard, this spring dish was light enough that we didn’t feel like slugs, but hearty enough that we felt wonderfully satisfied. No photos because, yes, we were that hungry!

Spring Pasta with Ham and Asparagus

  • 16 oz. fresh spinach fettucine from Melina’s Pasta
  • 2 bunches local asparagus tops, save tender part of stems for stir fry later
  • 8 oz. Mae Farm Canadian bacon
  • 1/2 onion
  • Pepper (I didn’t use salt because the cured bacon was already salty)
  • 1 jar Trader Joes Alfredo Sauce
  • Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  1. Heat water for pasta in a large pot.
  2. Cook the Canadian bacon in a skillet until browned on both sides. Remove to paper towel covered plate.
  3. Dice onion and cook in the bacon fat until translucent (about 3-4 minutes)
  4. Add asparagus tops and cook over medium heat until asparagus is tender.
  5. Add pepper to taste.
  6. Add bacon back into skillet and keep on low until pasta is ready.
  7. Add alfredo sauce to skillet.
  8. Cook pasta according to directions (Note: fresh pasta takes only 2-3 minutes, so be ready!)
  9. Reserve 1 c. pasta water for sauce.
  10. Remove cooked pasta and add to skillet. Add reserved pasta water to thicken sauce
  11. Use tongs to coat pasta with sauce and combine all in the skillet.
  12. Serve and top with cheese, if desired.

 

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