Spaghetti with Asparagus and Mustard

A quick and easy summer lunch or supper dish full of bright, fresh flavours.

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5 tablespoons               olive oil

1.5 tablespoon              white wine vinegar

2 teaspoons                  Dijon mustard

9 ounces/250g              spaghetti, broken in to lengths of 7.5cm

1 tablespoon                 olive oil

10 ounces/300g             unsmoked lean back bacon, rind removed and cut in to 1 cm strips

9 ounces/250g              mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

9 ounces/250g              asparagus, cut into2.5cm/1 inch pieces

9 ounces/250g              cherry tomatoes, halved

2 ounces/50g                parmesan shavings


Heat a large pan of salted water until it boils.

Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisking the oil. Vinegar and mustard until creamy then season and set aside.

When the water is boiling, add the spaghetti and cook for 10-12 minutes until tender.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and start cooking the bacon.

After 3 minutes, add the mushrooms to the bacon.

After a further 3 minutes, add the asparagus pieces.

After a further 4 minutes, add the tomato pieces and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes.

Drain the pasta and add to the frying pan and mix with the other ingredients.

Pour over the dressing and stir through, adding black pepper and possibly some salt to taste.

Serve in four warmed bowls topped with the parmesan shavings alongside a simple salad.

My Tips:

Roger recommended a teaspoon of oil in the water when cooking the spaghetti.

A potato peeler will produce shavings from a block of Parmesan cheese.

Getting all the ingredients weighed out and prepared before starting makes this dish very easy.

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