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Mezze Maniche with Asparagus

Buon giorno, pasta lovers!

It’s time to retailer away our winter clothes and dig out polos and tee shirts. If we’re nonetheless carrying long-sleeved shirts, we are able to roll up the sleeves and be in “mezze maniche.” Do you know that even tubular pasta has a “rolled-up sleeve” model known as MEZZE MANICHE (Pronounced “med’-zeh mah’-nee-keh)? This pasta resembles rigatoni, however it’s about half the size, thus its identify. So, transfer over manicotti (lengthy sleeves or muffs), and welcome mezze maniche (quick sleeves or “half” sleeves). Mezze maniche have thick grooved partitions and are normally extruded by way of a bronze die, giving them a tough and porous texture that’s excellent for capturing every kind of sauce. Additionally they maintain their “al dente” texture for a very long time, making them excellent for pasta salads or pasta al forno (baked pasta).

To have a good time springtime, Chef Rosario loves to arrange mezze maniche with asparagus: the famous person vegetable of the season, now trending at your favourite market.

Observe his straightforward recipe for Mezze Maniche with Asparagus:

Mezze Maniche with Asparagus

To have a good time springtime, I like to arrange mezze maniche with asparagus: the famous person vegetable of the season, now trending at your favourite market.


  • 8
    Mezze Maniche
  • 2
  • 1/2
    small purple onion
  • 1
    giant bunch
  • 1/4
    Crème fraîche
  • salt and pepper to style
  • 1/2
    pasta water
  • 1
    saffron threads
  • 1/4
    grated Parmigiano Reggiano


  1. Carry a big pot of water (4 to five quarts) toa boil over excessive warmth.

  2. ‎Whereas water is heating, wash and put together the asparagus by eradicating the ‎fibrous stalks (normally the underside 1/3), thinly slice the remaining asparagus ‎at a bias, and cube the onion. ‎

  3. As soon as the water has reached a fast boil, add salt after which the pasta. Prepare dinner ‎in response to bundle instructions. ‎

  4. Whereas pasta is cooking, warmth butter in a big non-reactive pan on medium ‎warmth.‎

  5. Add the diced onion and cook dinner for a minute ortwo over medium warmth till comfortable and golden.

  6. Add sliced asparagus and sauté for a minute, ensuring to maintain them ‎crunchy and al dente.‎

  7. Add the crème fraîche and the saffron, season with salt and pepper, and ‎decrease the warmth.‎

  8. When pasta is prepared, reserve ½ cup of the starchy pasta water and drain the ‎relaxation. ‎

  9. Switch the pasta to the pan with the sauce,together with the grated Parmigiano and sufficient of the pasta water to maintain thesauce moist however not too moist; combine properly on low warmth till all of the flavors arewell integrated, ensuring that many of the added pasta water has beenabsorbed.

  10. Switch to a platter or portion onto particular person plates. ‎

  11. Liberally prime dish with Parmigiano Reggiano curls.‎