Linguine Alfredo with Roasted Mushrooms and Asparagus

This is another recipe inspired by Pinterest. Something about seeing a nice picture of something delicious just makes me want to eat it immediately. I’m always up for trying a new pasta dish and this one used alfredo sauce, a sauce that I had never actually made before and it ended up being so easy! I love the combination of the roasted asparagus and mushrooms and the lemon juice cuts the heaviness of the cream very nicely. I ended up making the recipe I found my own by using an alfredo recipe from my Giada cookbook.

Prep the asparagus, mushrooms and garlic and combine them with mustard and olive oil in a bowl until well coated.

Roast the the asparagus and mushrooms on a baking sheet with minced garlic and olive oil.

Bring water to boil and cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Combine the cream and lemon juice in a deep fry pan and add the butter over medium-low heat until melted, remove it from the heat until pasta is ready.

Add the cooked pasta to the cream mixture, pour over another 1/2 cup of cream, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Toss well and cook over medium heat until thickened.

Toss in the mushrooms and asparagus into the pasta and serve with extra cheese on top.


 The sauce is so creamy yet the lemon juice keeps it light. As person who typically prefers red sauce to white, I was initially skeptical of this dish but in the end it has won me over completely. It’s simple, quick, cheap and delicious!

Here’s the recipe:

Linguine Alfredo with Roasted Mushrooms and Asparagus
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 6
  • 1 lb. asparagus, tough ends snapped off
  • 3-4 cups whole mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup strained lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Creole or coarse-grain mustard
  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1 recipe Guiltless Alfredo Sauce
  • Optional: Grilled chicken breast or sauteed shrimp
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine trimmed asparagus and sliced mushrooms. Zest the lemons (enough to get 1 tablespoon of zest) and set the zest aside.
  3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and mustard. Drizzle over the veggies and toss to combine. Spread the veggies out onto the prepared baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes or until the asparagus is tender but not mushy. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes.
  4. While the veggies are roasting, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and, when the water is ready, cook pasta al dente. Prepare the Alfredo sauce. After you’ve added the cheese, add the reserved lemon zest to the sauce. When the asparagus and mushrooms are done roasting, you can either portion out the pasta, veggies, and sauce into individual servings or toss it all together. Serves 6-8.


Top 10 Kitchen Must-Haves

This is a small guest blog I wrote for a local Lancaster, Pa DJ company, ProVolve Entertainment. These guys have been building their business a lot in the past year and asked me to put together a a top 10 list or kitchen items to register for, for engaged couples. Here’s the first look at the post I did for them, perhaps there are a few engaged people reading Red Velvet that could use this advice to!

RED VELVET Top 10 Kitchen Must-Haves

I remember when we registered for our wedding gifts. I mean, not only are you psyched to be getting married, planning a wedding, in love and sporty a sparkly new engagement ring but you get to choose things for other people to buy you! JACK POT! This is single-handedly the best thing about getting married, the worst may be when certain friends or relatives choose to purchase a gift “off the list” (especially if you can’t figure out where to return it). But let’s not think about that scenario, lets concentrate on all the wonderful things you want, actually all the wonderful thing you truly need.

Here is the Red Velvet Blog approved list of the Top 10 registry items for your kitchen.

1. Stainless Steel Pots and Pans set – Everyone needs a good basic set of pots. I recommend going with All Clad, they consistently get great reviews for even heating and life of the pot. Register for a 10-14 piece set and you’ll have these pots for life. They are an investment but don’t get sweet talked into a fancy non-stick coatings; you really only need non-stick on one frying pan for eggs and such.

2. Non-stick Fry pan- As stated above, you need one non-stick frying pan. Register for a large one so you can cook all sorts of things in it; eggs, pancakes, crepes are all great for this pan.





Seasoned Cast Iron3. Cast Iron Fry Pan w/ Lid – This fry pan is great because it holds head very well and you can move it from the stove top to the oven easily. This pan will also last a lifetime!






4. Dutch Oven – This pot is essential to cooking. You will use it for spaghetti sauce, soup, braising, chili and so much more. Plus it goes from stove top to oven easily.






5. Bakeware Set – Everyone needs the basic baking pan sizes and a cup cake pan. You want to be able to bake birthday cakes and cookies anytime you want!






6. KitchenAid Mixer – If you enjoy baking at all, register for this baby. It will change your life, seriously. Plus they have so many cute colors that one will certainly match your kitchen!






7. Knives – Every kitchen/cook needs a nice set of knives. You can spend the mint on a set of knives if you want, but I recommend going middle of the road. You want something that has steel through than handle and whose handle is made of wood. You want the set to include a chef’s knife (the really big one), a santoku knife, a pairing knife, a serrated bread knife, kitchen shears and a steel for sharpening. Get a block that has unfilled holes so you can add to you knife collection later, when you see what knives you really use.




8. Gadgets – Don’t forget the little things. Be sure to put that ice cream scoop, measuring spoons, garlic press, can opener, turkey baster, spatula and whatever other kitchen gadgets you may want. Along with dish towels, people love to buy you a whole basket filled with these fun and inexpensive, yet necessary gadgets.





 9. Cutting Boards – If you’re going to be using your knives, you’ll need proper cutting boards to protect your counters. I like the sets of color coded plastic boards. These prevent cross contamination that can occur when cutting meal and vegetables at the same time. Red is for red meat, white is for poultry, blue is for fish and green is for veggies!




10. Cookbooks – No one starts out in their marriage being an amazing cook, well except trained chefs…register for a few of your favorite cookbooks so you can have some recipes ready to try as soon as you get home from the honeymoon. Guests also enjoy buying you cookbooks, they’re a good price point and they can write a nice congrats in the inside cover, so put a few on the list!





Don’t forget to consider the guys at ProVolve Entertainment if you’re in need of a DJ for any type of event, they come with my personal recommendation (and nope, they didn’t pay me anything to say that!).