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Recipe

Fettucine and Asparagus - from THE VODKA COOKBOOK

INGREDIENTS

2 large lemons 350ml (12fl oz) heavy cream 4 tablespoons Lemon Peel Vodka (p.XX) 2 tablespoons coarse salt 450g (1lb) fettucine 1 tablespoon butter 225g (8oz) asparagus, cut into 3cm (1 inch) pieces 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 tablespoons fresh parsley -- chopped 175g (6oz) Parmesan cheese  freshly grated

1. Grate the zest from 1 lemon, squeeze out the juice and set aside. Slice the other lemon and reserve as a garnish. 2. Combine the cream and vodka in a medium-size skillet and simmer for 5 minutes, or until it thickens. 3. Meanwhile, bring about 4 litres (7 pints) of water to a boil, add the salt, and cook the pasta at a rapid boil until 'al dente'  about 8-10 minutes. 4. Heat butter in a medium sauté pan over a moderate heat and cook asparagus until softened, but crisp  about 2-3 minutes. 5. Add the cooked asparagus, lemon juice and zest to the vodka sauce and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 6. Drain the pasta (reserving some of the water), add to the sauce and toss. Season with pepper, garnish with the parsley and sliced lemon and serve immediately on warmed plates. Serve the Parmesan separately. Serves 4-6 If the pasta is dry, add some of the reserved pasta water.

Submitted by: John Rose

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