Lemony fish, asparagus and pea pasta

Another fabulous Fish Friday recipe and this time taking advantage and an extra special crop of British asparagus this year.  Apparently the mild spring may have produced the best crop for over a decade...

Preparation time: 5 mins   Cooking time: 20 Minutes     Serves 4

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

2 white fish fillets - cut into chunks 

200 ml white wine (optional) or 200ml water 

300g pasta of choice - we like wholewheat tagliatelle for this recipe

25g butter

5 or 6 asparagus spears quartered 

2 garlic cloves - minced

150g peas (can use frozen)

1 lemon juiced

250g tub of ricotta or other soft cheese

sea salt and freshly ground pepper for seasoning

Parmesan and parsley for topping 

  1. Season fish and pan fry the chunks for 2 minutes either side and set aside.
  2. Deglaze the pan by pouring in the wine or water and letting it bubble for a coupke of minutes until it has reduced.  Pour into a jug and set aside.
  3. Cook the pasta in a large pan of water - usually 12 minutes for al dente.
  4. Using the same frying pan melt the butter, add the asparagus and saute for 2 - 3 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic and cook for one minute then add the cooked fish and peas and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the reserved liquid, lemon juice and ricotta and season.
  6. Lightly drain the pasta and add to the fish mixture. Toss until well combined.
  7. Divide between bowls and season with Parmesan and parsley.