This is the perfect springtime dish, and my favorite part is how easy it is to make and how little mess it leaves when you’re done cooking! If you’re tired of cooking and cleaning multiple times a day for all the hungry people in your house then this Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Asparagus is for you.
Plus, this recipe uses fresh asparagus, which is currently in season here in NC. Asparagus is rather hard to get locally at our Farmers’ Market because it’s only available for a short time and is also in such high demand. It’ll sell out within the first few minutes of the market being open! The fresh stuff is quite a delicacy (once you’ve had it and compared it to store-bought), and it’s only available for a short season.
So, a few years ago I decided that since I could almost never get my hands on asparagus locally that I’d have to start growing my own! We have a decent-sized area with raised vegetable garden beds, but one thing I learned is that you have to be okay with is having your asparagus around for a long time—decades! Most other veggies get replanted each season, so having asparagus is quite a different commitment.
The other thing I learned—after I’d already planted it!—is that you have to wait a few years before your first harvest so that the plant has a chance to store energy while it’s young. So, the pictured asparagus is some long-awaited asparagus, haha. And, worth the wait, I must say. You can literally just bite into them raw right out of the ground and enjoy the delicious crunch and sweetness that you just don’t get from the store.
Have you ever had homegrown asparagus before?
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