- Active time:30 min
- Start to finish:30 min
"What grows together, goes together" is a concept that often holds true, but disparate denizens of the garden sometimes need coaxing to harmonize. Ferrigno sets about the task with wise restraint—just a little butter, shallot, and fresh basil turns asparagus and peas into the best of friends.
finely chopped shallots (about 2)
asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
shelled fresh peas (2 1/2 cups; 1 3/4 lb in pods) or 1 (10-oz) package thawed frozen peas
fine sea salt
Handful of torn basil leaves (about 3/4 cup)
Cook shallots in butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until just tender, about 4 minutes.
Stir in asparagus, peas, sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, then seal skillet with foil. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender but still slightly al dente, about 8 minutes. Stir in basil and sea salt to taste.
Cooks’ note: Peas can be shelled and asparagus cut 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.