Buckwheat Linguini with Chanterelles, Peas and Asparagus
Back in my Chez Panisse days, I often made upwards of 40 pounds of fresh pasta daily, more than many an Italian nonna rolls in a lifetime. This buckwheat linguine is one of my favorites, especially when topped with delicate chanterelles and sweet spring vegetables.
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1/2 pound fresh chanterelles or other wild or common mushrooms
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 shallots, minced
1/2 pound asparagus, tough ends removed and cut on the diagonal into 1-inch lengths
1 1/2 cups homemade or good quality chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup shelled fresh English peas
3/4 cup crème fraîche
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 pound fresh buckwheat linguine (see recipe)
To make the sauce, trim off the stem ends of the mushrooms, and cut the mushrooms in half. In a large frying pan, melt the butter over high heat. Add the mushrooms and shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms and shallots begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the asparagus and stock and simmer until the asparagus is almost tender and the stock has reduced by half, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the peas and cook, stirring occasionally, just until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the crème fraîche and thyme, stir well, and heat for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt generously. Add the pasta, stir well, and cook until al dente, about 3-4 minutes.
Drain the pasta, add it to the frying pan, and toss and stir with the sauce, mixing well. Transfer to a warmed serving dish and top with the parsley.