Monday, June 12, 2017

Ina Garten's Sautéed Asparagus and Snap Peas

Do any of you like Ina Garten? I suspect a good many of you do. I've been a fan of hers ever since I first saw her on Food Network. She has a new show now called Cook Like a Pro. I'm not sure if I like it better than her original show, Barefoot Contessa, or not, but I have been enjoying, and learning, from it. I have never had an Ina recipe fail. Never. I tend to stick with her simple recipes, and I'm always amazed at how good they turn out.

One of her easiest recipes is simply asparagus and sugar snap peas, sautéed together, seasoned, and served. It sounded almost ridiculous when I read it the first time. I mean, how can something this easy be any good? But it is. I changed up the recipe only slightly, by using white asparagus instead of green. I love white asparagus, but particularly here for the contrast in color, the white asparagus against the bright green peas. It's surprisingly delicious, not to mention super fast and easy. If you're looking for a wonderful side dish to go with this summer's grilled meats, this is the one.
Ina Garten's Sautéed Asparagus and Snap Peas

3/4-pound sugar snap peas
2 tablespoons good olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Red pepper flakes, optional (But use them!)
Sea salt, for serving

Cut off the tough ends of the asparagus and slice the stalks diagonally into 2-inch pieces. Snap off the stem ends of the snap peas and pull the string down the length of the vegetable.

Warm the olive oil in a large sauté pan over a medium heat and add the asparagus and snap peas. Add the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, to taste, if desired. Cook for approximately 5 to10 minutes until al dente, tossing occasionally. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve hot.

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Linda said...

This looks wonderful. I've never cooked with snap peas, but I agree that asparagus, simply cooked, is amazing.
I love Barefoot Contessa, but I have not seen her new show. I'll have to investigate. Ina could be so pretentious (living on Long Island, successful, etc), but she isn't. She is engaging and friendly, and I'd love to be a guest at her house! Is the new show filmed at her house?

Deborah Lacy said...

This looks yummy and healthy. Can't to try it!

judee said...

I love simple vegetable recipes and these are in season right now. Although we eat most of our snap peas raw ( they are so sweet) I would not object to this lightly cooked version. Thanks

Miz Helen said...

What a great combination, this looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
Miz Helen