Hi, I was wondering if you would like to take a quick trip to Italy with me today?

warning:  You may be a thinkin in Italiano after this a post. lol!


First of all-a, Let’s a sprinkle some a fresh asparagus with olive oil,  and lemon pepper.  We will roast it in a the oven at a 350degrees.  Not too a long, just a barely tender.  It will soften up more when added to the a main dish.


Mean-a-while we make a white Alfredo sauce.  Recipe will follow at the end.


We cook a little bacon, boil a little chicken, and cut up a bit of ham.  A lot of a meat, I know, but oh so delicious!

Missed this picture, but I will tell you a good hint for cooking chicken.  Put boneless chicken breasts in a pot of water, bring to a boil, cover and turn off heat.  Let sit for 20 minutes.  Voila (oh, that’s French), perfectly tender cooked chicken!

Now we a saut√© some a onion in olive oil or butter.  I used butter.  Cook a it slow on low until caramelized. Then add mushrooms and a red pepper.  What, You no like a mushrooms  Well then a just a leave a them out!


Cook a bit of a pasta.  Bow tie, angel hair, whatever you like a!  I used a Fettuccini because that’s a all I had.,

Place pasta in serving dish, add vegetables and meat trio Alfredo. Sprinkle with a bit more fresh Parmesan and a halved grape tomatoes.


It’s a delicious ‘Pasta Medley’  Named by my friend, Peggy who gave me this yummy recipe.:

Alfredo Sauce:

Make a rue using 4 Tbs. butter, 4 Tbs. flour.  Add l Qt. half & half or cream.  Cook till thickened. Add milk to thin.  (I used half & half and then added 1/2 pt. cream).  Add 1/2 to 2 cups parmesan or asiago cheese. ( I used an entire sm. pkg. of Italian cheese blend.) a bit of onion and garlic powder.

Add what you like of the three meats.  I added more chicken and just a bit of ham and bacon

Hubby and I enjoyed it with a yummy spinach salad with candied pecans, raspberries, kiwi’s, mandarin oranges,, poppy dressing; and some fresh bread.  If you’re a wine drinker that would set the mood.  As for me, I just wished I was watching “Under the Tuscan Sun”.  Love that movie!



p.s.  Rumor has it that Google Friends Connect will be going away March 1st. Call me an optimist, but I really don’t think that google will leave us high and dry.  Just in case,  I do not want to lose my friends!  I have added a new linky follower gadget to my sidebar.  I would love for you to follow me there.  If you are a new follower, please follow both places.


I will be sharing my trip to Italy with:

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday

Little Red House for Mosiac Monday


Sassafras and Winterberry said...

That looks wonderful! I love all the different ingredients...and anything with an alfredo sauce is alright by me!

Kris said...

Looks fab. I always roast my asparagus this way. Til barely tender. I love them in pasta too. Your dish looks wonderful.
I spent 3 weeks in Italy with my Mom about 6 years ago. I was IN LOVE!!!

Shari@Rain into Rainbows said...


We've had the hardest time here lately finding good asparagus. Just the time of year, I suppose. I can't wait until it's in season again!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Yummmmmmm, I'm so glad I ate lunch before I read your post.

Shannon said...

Yumm! I actually have never roasted asparagus! We always have it grilled, steamed, or sauteed. As luck would have it...we are having it for dinner tonight. Roasted it is gonna be. Thanks for the inspiration!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Roasted asparagus is the only way! I'm feeling Italy tonight too. I set the table with our Italian dishes for our anniversary on Valentine's Day. It will have to do until we can get to Italy ;o)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

My mouth is watering and this looks delicioso!! Oh, and you can leave the mushrooms in for me...I love them!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

A trip to Italy?...absolutely! We took a little trip tonight, too! We had ravioli and home made garlic knots! Your dinner looks fabulous! ♥

eileeninmd said...

Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love pasta. Happy Valentine's day!

Pamela Gordon said...

It looks very tasty! I love oven roasted veggies. Have a great week! Pamela

GrandmaK said...

Oh my,but the asparagus looks wonderful!!! Lucky you!!! Have a wonderful week! Cathy

Diane Writes said...

Wow, you got me craving here Jann. I haven't had a nice breakfast, your photos make me crave for a great, heavy and sumptuous meal now.

Snap said...

You had me with the asparagus!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mmm, it looks delicious!

Lorrie said...

Sounds like a yummy meal.

Lavender Cottage said...

A lovely taste of Italy, thanks for sharing your yummy recipe. I'll pour some red wine to enjoy it with you.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Jann,

This looks sooo delish! I'm sure my hubby and kiddos would love this - they love italian food, as do I. However these days I omit the meat (for myself only), as I have been vegetarian for a few years now due to health reasons. :) But I love to cook and this looks yummy! :) Take care and have a wonderful week!


Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Looks and sounds delicious. Aren't the Italians wonderful. V

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh yum this looks so good. We always do our asparagus that way and now we always do our broccoli too. It is so yummy roasted. I love your outdoor kitchen. That is just darling.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by this evening as another Mosaic Monday participant and what a coincidence to find you have written an Italian themed post! No asparagus here at the moment far too cold.

Peg said...

I have made this so many times, but your blog makes me want to make it again. My kids are the ones that dubbed it Pasta Medley. They love it too! The asparagus is the star of the whole dish. I have even put fresh spinach in at the very last, just barely cooked. Yum!

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Jann...These all look amazingly yummie. When do we eat? (smile) Thankyou so much for your sweet comment on my blog about my header. I really wish I knew what I was doing. One of these days I'll get up what I can envision.

Love your idea about the Linky party. Hey its time girlfriend. Go for it. I'll be there. Also I'm going to sign up for your posts to come to me by email. I never seem to get them otherwise.