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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Beefcake Pasta Recipe

Rotini with Lamb and Asparagus

Asparagus, thin, ends trimmed, one pound (500 grams)
Kosher salt
Rotini pasta, one half pound (250 grams)
Canola oil, five tablespoons, divided
Lamb Tenderloin, sliced on the bias, one and a half pounds, (750 grams) 1/4-inch thick
Garlic, five cloves, sliced thin
Green Peppercorns, crushed, two tablespoons
Scallions, one bunch white and green parts, sliced thin
Black pepper, freshly ground
Chicken stock, one cup fresh or low-sodium canned chicken broth
Soy sauce, two tablespoons

1. Fill a large bowl with water and ice cubes. In a large wok, bring about 2 quarts of salted water to a boil. Cook the asparagus until tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Transfer the asparagus to the ice water to cool. Cut into 2-inch lengths and set aside.

3. Add more ice cubes to the bowl, if necessary. Bring the water in the wok to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente, about 11 minutes. Transfer to the ice water to cool. Drain and set aside.
4. Empty the wok and wipe it dry. Place over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil and swirl to coat the bottom. When the oil is hot, add half of the lamb and stir-fry until rare, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
5. Add 2 more tablespoons of the oil and swirl. Stir-fry the remaining lamb until rare and transfer to the plate.

6. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the wok and swirl. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, peppercorns, and scallions.
7. Season with salt and pepper and stir-fry until soft, about 2 minutes. Return the lamb to the wok, then add the asparagus, rotini, and stock.
8. Stir-fry until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the soy sauce and stir to blend. Adjust the seasoning, if necessary. To serve, divide among 4 individual pasta dishes.

©2011 Ming Tsai adapted from Simply Ming One-Pot Meals

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