"This is an adaptation of an old Armenian recipe, and this variation is so delicious I can't stop eating it. It's a great way to stretch expensive seasonal asparagus and pricey cashews. It's great as a side dish or as a vegetarian entree." — SABRINATEE
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uncooked spaghetti, broken
1 1/4 cups
uncooked jasmine rice
2 1/4 cups
salt and pepper to taste
fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
I'd actually give this 4 stars as the recipe appears, but it's going to be so easy to fix that I wanted to give it 5 stars in theory.... To me, this recipe was awfully greasy, but the flavor was so good and the recipe so unique that, with the butter halved, I think it will be absolutely exceptional. Per other reviews, I broiled the asparagus (cut and placed on foil-lined, greased cookie sheet, sprinkled with salt/pepper/garlic, and broiled for 3-4 minutes) and toasted 3/4 cup cashews (reused the foil lined sheet and broiled for 1 minute). Be warned that the spaghetti browns really quickly in the butter, so next time I might brown the rice first and then add in the spaghetti to brown. Finally, I did not have nearly enough liquid to cook all that rice -- I ended up adding almost 3/4 cup of water towards the end, but it still turned out beautifully. Again, next time I will reduce the butter to 2T (and I like things buttery, but this left a lot of greasy residue on the plate, which for me means it's too much).
This recipe was very bland and a waste of good asparagus. We served it with baked dijon salmon, which was very good.
UPDATE 9-26-07: I've made this a hundred times (at least!) since my original review - I think I could make this blindfolded! Now I only put in Asparagus if I have leftovers, and I rarely add the cashews - it's very good either way. Obviously, this recipe is a keeper for me! FIRST REVIEW JUNE 03: This Pilaf recipe offers a nice presentation and has great taste and texture. I substituted the vegetable broth with chicken and would do that again. Instead of boiling asparagus I broiled it in the oven, and would also toast the cashews next time as another reviewer suggested. I also enjoyed the browned spaghetti in this dish. Excellent recipe, Sandy T., thanks!
Very good. Used sliced almonds as I did not have cashews, but it would have been way better with cashews, I can tell. I used chicken broth and then chicken base granules instead of salt. Also, substituted orzo instead of the spaghetti. And, I highly recommend that you french-slice the raw asparagus then saute in garlic, pinch of salt and olive oil/butter blend. The asparagus stays green and slightly firm. Better texture than steamed. Everyone really liked this dish. I will definitely make this again.
I would have rated this a five, but I surveyed my dinner table after the meal and it was a four concensus. I loved it. To make the measurements easier than they are in the recipe, I used one bunch asparagus (roasted in the oven while the rice soaked up the broth), 1 cup cashews (roasted alongside the asparagus at 300), 2 garlic cloves. I wasn't sure what 2 oz of spaghetti would be, so I bought it in bulk at a health food store and I actually used 4 oz. Everything else I kept the same. It was a perfect balance. I recommend th is to all vegetarians. It will probably be a five to you while your meat eating friends will probably rate it a four!
This recipe has to be the exact duplicate of Rice A Roni. The only difference were the cashews and the asparagus which added a nice twist to this recipe. It was excellent but since it was exactly the same as Rice A Roni, for ease, I will probably just make the boxed Rice A Roni and add the cashews and asparagus.
This pilaf is incredible, although it can do without so much butter... 2 Tablespoons would be adequate. The mixture of these ingredients is to die for.
This recipe is excellent as is, but it's also a great starting point for coming up with your own version. I used broccoli because I couldn't afford asparagus this week(also last time I tried an asparagus recipe from this site it was an expensive disappointment), chicken broth, and "wild rice" because I couldn't find the jasmine. I also used a little less rice and a little more spaghetti, and DOUBLED the cashews. I can't wait to experiment with different kinds of veggies and pastas. I would not suggest varying the nuts, though as there is really no substitute for cashews.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Asparagus Cashew Rice Pilaf
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 90
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