Spring Orecchiette


  • Makes4 servings
Spring Orecchiette

Photo, Rachelle Beatty.

Nothing says spring like asparagus! This pasta is a breeze to throw together for last-minute company.


  • 300 g orecchiette

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots

  • 1/2 cup white wine

  • 2 cups trimmed asparagus, cut into 2-in. lengths

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock

  • 1/2 tsp packed grated fresh lemon zest

  • 3 cups lightly packed baby arugula

  • 1/4 cup Vegan Parm, plus more for serving

  • salt and pepper

  • 1/3 cup spreadable cashew cheese

Vegan Parm

  • 1 cup raw cashews

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 3/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • Make the Vegan Parm. In a mini food processor, pulse all ingredients until finely ground, 20 to 40 sec. Store in a resealable container at room temperature for up to 3 months.

  • Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, 10 to 12 min. Drain in a colander and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, in a large frying pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent and just starting to turn golden, 3 to 4 min. Add the white wine and cook until reduced by half, stirring occasionally.

  • Add the asparagus and cook for 2 min. Stir in the peas, parsley, vegetable stock and lemon zest, and cook until the peas are bright green and tender, about 4 min. Add the cooked pasta, arugula and Vegan Parm, and toss together until the arugula is just wilted. Season with salt and pepper, and add the cashew cheese in small pieces.

  • Divide the pasta among pasta dishes and top with extra Vegan Parm, if desired. Serve immediately.

Excerpted from Fraiche Food, Full Hearts: A Collection of Recipes for Every Day and Casual Celebrations by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer. Copyright © 2019 by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszer. Photography copyright © 2019 by Janis Nicolay. Published by Penguin Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.