Spring, Asparagus, and Ditalini… What???

This is ditalini…..

Everybody is talking about spring.

Wondering if winter is ever going to let go here in Virginia.  Looking forward to warmer weather and longer days.  I think I’ve mentioned spring in all my blogs this week.

It’s also asparagus season.  I haven’t heard anyone talking much about that.

 

I know I haven’t heard anyone talking about ditalini.


Well, I love asparagus, and I want to start an asparagus bed this year.  Which means I want the ZMan to start an asparagus bed this year.  

So, in the spirit of celebrating spring, asparagus, and ditalini  and looking forward to warmer weather, I made this lovely asparagus ditalini pasta salad this week.

 

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Asparagus Ditalini Pasta Salad

1 box of ditalini pasta
1 bunch of asparagus – chopped
¼ cup of good olive oil
1 can of dark red kidney beans – drained and rinsed
1 can of artichoke hearts in brine – drained and lightly chopped
2 red bell peppers – chopped
1 can of large olives – sliced in half
1 ½ cup of feta cheese – crumbled
Salt and Pepper to taste

 

Boil pasta by box instructions.  Don’t forget to salt the pasta water.  In the last 2 minutes of the boiling time add the asparagus.  Drain and let cool.  Transfer pasta and asparagus to a large mixing bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

 

I like using ditalini pasta for this salad because the chopped asparagus is the same shape and size as the pasta.

 

This is a great summer salad for entertaining as it does not have mayonnaise to worry about spoiling.

 

The measurements don’t have to be exact (it’s a salad) and you can add more or less of any ingredient if you choose.

 

This is another recipe where I have to suggest using a really good olive oil.         It really makes a difference.

 

Serving this with some grilled lemon chicken…. Well, YUM!!!

 

I suppose this is my attempt to will warmer weather our way…        As I look out the window and the snow is falling and we already have about 3 inches on the ground.

Oh well, let them eat ditalini.

 

Y’all Take Care!

Lori

 

2 thoughts on “Spring, Asparagus, and Ditalini… What???

  1. I put in an asparagus bed several years ago, because I wanted asparagus and I was done with winter. Done, done, done. Only winter wasn’t quite ready to release its grasp, and four years out, the asparagus bed is still pouty. So, at some point, I have to suck it up, buy some more crowns and wait.

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