Beer and Rye Irish Soda Bread.
I feel like it’s spring!!
Yesterday it was still light out at seven and the sun shined all day. It was awesome.
Of course, tomorrow it will probably snow, but I can feel it, spring is on its way. Hooray!
Asparagus has been on sale here for the last week, so despite spring still being a week away I am jumping ahead a little. What’s new, right? I mean, I just can’t help it. I get so excited over new seasons. New seasons mean new foods!
That’s reason for excitement if you ask me.
Well, that and I am trying to get in all the veggies I can in the next few days. The meat-eater is back on his way out and for good this time. Creighton has been planning a move out to CO (he has worked in Cleveland the past 3 years). Unfortunately, Creighton injured himself badly this weekend. He broke his neck in three places on his C-7.
And don’t ask how he broke it. Let’s just say he’s not the brightest when it comes to trying to keep up with some of the other bros in extreme sports. As my dad said “maybe he should stick to chess.”
Thankfully, he is going to be fine, but he had us all pretty scared Saturday night. He is very lucky that he is not going to need surgery, which was not what they told us when he was life flighted from Pocahontas Memorial Hospital in WV (yes I am serious) to a Level One Trauma Center in Roanoke. Hopefully he will be coming home in a day or two.
So of course I can’t I disappoint my meat-eater brother, all of his favorites will be coming his way.
But back to Spring. Spring is all about a return of color in our foods.
Spring food seems simpler to me. A little lighter and a little faster, because hey, we all want to be outside if the weather is a little warmer. Yahoo!
Over the weekend there was actually so much sun that the snow melted off the grill. Result, grilled asparagus!
Finally. I feel like it has snowed the entire winter this year. I could not be more ready for non stop sunshine.
So, this pasta is super simple, obviously, as the title states.
The fresh asparagus and lemon scream spring and the creamy feta and mascarpone cream sauce are just the thing to compliment those flavors.
A little brightness and a little creamy comfort.
Perfect dinner for a Monday. Especially the Monday after the clocks are pushed forward one hour and we are all wanting that hour back (without taking our new-found extra hour of sunlight of course).
Extra bonus – lemons are packed with vitamin C and cancer fighting limonoids to help keep our immune system strong, as well as many other great benefits.
So come on guys, this dish will save you… in more ways than one!
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It’s pasta and cheese. What could be better on a Monday? OK, end it with some chocolate and you are golden.
Added a bullion cube and garlic for a bit more flavor. Like another comment, I followed this recipe exactly but the sauce remained very runny like a soup. I simmered the pasta in the sauce for another 10-15 minutes and the sauce came together beautifully. Delicious.
Wonderful!! I appreciate you taking the time to make this recipe, I am so glad it was a hit! Happy Wednesday:)
This did not work for me at all. The sauce never came together and it didn’t thicken. A bit of a disappointment
So sorry to hear this, was there anything you may have adjusted in the recipe? Please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan
I found this recipe on Pinterest and then got sucked in to your blog. I knew I would like this after reading the ingredient list. I was tempted to add mushroom but mine had seen better days. Anywho, I am currently on Weight Watchers so had to alter this. I used cauliflower rice instead of pasta and my cheese sauce was 8oz. coconut milk, 182 container of 2% Greek yogurt, 2oz. ricotta & 1 oz. feta. I added chicken for some protein. YUM!
Thank you so much Karen!! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! xTieghan
yeah, so i’m guessing the pasta was supposed to be cooked before adding? i’d include that in your recipe
Hi there, yes the pasta should be cooked before adding to the sauce. Recipe has been updated to be more clear. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan
This recipe is awesome! I am dying to find the exact noodle you used. He shape is perfection. Would you share?
I wonder how this could work with spaghetti squash. I can’t eat pasta. I’m going to try it soon.
Can the sauce be made in advance?
Totally, that will work well for you! Let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx