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Blogging Marathon# 33: Week 2/ Day 2 Theme: Favorite Celebrity Chef Recipes Dish: Giada's Pasta with Asparagus & Mascarpone cheese My Celebrity chef of choice for Day 2 of BM# 33 is Giada De Laurentils. She is an Italian chef and is a regular on Food Network. Her Italian recipes look doable and easy to make with every-day available ingredients. I learnt a lot of Italian recipes watching Giada's shows. One of the fancy ingredient I started to buy after watching her is Mascarpone cheese. She uses it in both sweet & savory preparations like cheesecakes, pastas etc. I buy...


46 serving

Total time

50 minutes




  • 1 lb pasta (. (Farfalle was used in the original recipe, but any short cut pasta would taste good))
  • 1 peppers (- medium, chopped)
  • 1 bunch asparagus (- cut into 1" pieces)
  • 1 onion (- medium, thinly sliced)
  • 2 ~ 3 cloves Garlic (- minced)
  • 1 cup cheese (Mascarpone)
  • Ritz Cracker (- toasted)
  • Ritz Cracker
  • a pinch Nutmeg (- freshly grated)
  • 1 tsp red pepper (Falkes (or to taste))
  • to taste Salt Pepper (&)


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 1cup of pasta cooking water for later.
  2. Heat 1tbsp olive oil in a saute pan, add the onions and cook until translucent. Next add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Add peppers and cook for 3~4 minutes. Next add chopped asparagus and cook until both peppers and asparagus are almost tender but should still have a bite.
  4. Add the drained pasta and mix well.
  5. Add mascarpone cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix well and serve topped with toasted, chopped walnuts and parmesan cheese.
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