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Serves 2 generously

8 ounces slender asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 strips bacon
olive oil
juice and zest of 1 lemon
fresh Parmesan, either shaved or grated

8 ounces uncooked pasta, such as fettuccine

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Before adding pasta, add asparagus and cook for about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside. Cook pasta for a little less time than package directions call for, until almost al dente.

2. Meanwhile, lay the bacon in a large cold skillet. Set flame to medium and cook until just crisp, turning occasionally. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Empty bacon grease from skillet, but don’t wipe it clean. Turn off flame if pasta is still cooking. Crumble the bacon.

4. Plate pasta in individual shallow bowls. Top with some Parmesan. Don’t go crazy here – there are plenty of flavors going on. Serve.

 

Source: Christian Monitor

 

 

 

 

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This is really good from Epicurious and if you don’t have time or want to do the potatoes you can purchase a bag of plain “Simple” hash browns (not frozen) in store and use instead of fresh ones, works fine….
YIELD Serves 8-10
TOTAL TIME 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

    • 4 medium russet potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
    • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
    • 4 medium shallots, thinly sliced
    • 6 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
    • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
    • Pinch of grated nutmeg
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon
    • 5 ounces Fontina cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
    • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 3/4 cup)
    • 1/2 bunch asparagus (about 1/2 pound), ends trimmed
  1. Special Equipment:
    • A 10-inch cast-iron skillet

PREPARATION

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Using the coarse grater disk on a food processor or the largest holes on a box grater, shred potatoes. Toss with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to a clean dishtowel, gather together ends of towel, and thoroughly wring out excess liquid over the sink; Transfer potatoes to a bowl and set aside.
    2. Heat oil and 2 Tbsp. butter in a 10″ cast-iron skillet over medium-high until butter is melted. Add potatoes and immediately start forming into a crust by pushing potatoes flat against bottom and sides of pan with a 1/2-cup dry measuring cup. Continue cooking, pressing potatoes up sides of pan if they start shrinking, until potatoes are bound together and bottom of crust is starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
    3. Meanwhile, melt remaining 1 Tbsp. butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until translucent, 5-6 minutes; set aside.
    4. Whisk eggs, half-and-half, mustard powder, nutmeg, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in another large bowl. Whisk in tarragon and set aside.
    5. Sprinkle Fontina cheese, goat cheese, and sautéed shallots evenly over bottom of crust, then pour in egg mixture. Arrange asparagus decoratively on top. Bake until quiche is set and crust is well browned, 30-35 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before cutting into wedges and serving from the pan.
Do Ahead:
Quiche can be made up to 1 day in advance. Cool to room temperature, then wrap with plastic and refrigerate. To reheat, bake at 325°F until warmed through, 15 to 20 minutes.

 (Makes two servings; recipe created by Kalyn. You could make more than two servings, but the more you increase the amounts the trickier it will be to get everything timed right so the egg whites are firm and the yolks are still soft.)

Ingredients:
8 thick asparagus spears, cut on the diagonal into bite-sized pieces
4 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp. olive oil
salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
2 T fresh grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 400F/200C and spray two gratin dishes with non-stick spray or olive oil. Break each egg into a small dish and let eggs come to room temperature while you roast the asparagus. (Starting with the eggs at room temperature is VERY important.)

Cut off the few inches of tough woody part at the bottom of each asparagus spear and discard. Cut the rest of each piece of asparagus on the diagonal into short pieces slightly less than 2 inches long. Put half the asparagus pieces into each gratin dish and put dishes into the oven to roast the asparagus, setting a timer for 10 minutes.

When the timer goes off after ten minutes, remove gratin dishes from the oven one at a time and carefully slide two eggs over the asparagus in each dish. Put back in the oven and set the timer for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes (or when the egg white is starting to barely look set), remove gratin dishes one at a time again and sprinkle each with a tablespoon of coarsely-grated Parmesan. Put dishes back in the oven and cook 3 minutes, or until the white is set, the cheese is slightly melted, and the yolk is still soft then you touch it with your finger.

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