Fresh Springtime Pasta with Farmer’s Market Asparagus and Fava Beans


After hauling home fresh asparagus and fava beans from the farmer’s market, I stood on a chair and made a loud declaration: “I will not adulterate these beacons of springtime with a convoluted recipe that obfuscates their natural glory!” Getting down from the chair, I thought about my declaration and realized that to live up to my word, I would need to cook the asparagus and fava beans as simply as possible, and serve them up with something special-enough to be memorable but not so special as to shadow the star ingredients: which is how I came up with making fresh pasta.

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Pickled Sugar Snap Pea Crostini

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Kraft.


I’m a fiend for sugar snap peas. When they show up at the farmer’s market, I knock everyone else aside and dive right in to the big pile of green, shoving fistfuls into little plastic bags which I bring home and immediately devour.

Why do I love them so much? Their taste is 100% spring. They show up at a very specific time and only last for a few weeks. I used to feel the same way about Cadbury eggs, only sugar snap peas are slightly healthier.

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