If you substitute dried morels for fresh, a 2.5-ounce package will work.
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 ounces fresh morel mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
3/4 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
12 cups water
12 ounces asparagus, trimmed
1 (12-ounce) package fresh fettuccine
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
How to Make It
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots, thyme, salt, and mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes. Add stock. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is reduced by half (about 2 minutes). Remove from heat.
Bring 12 cups water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Shave asparagus into thin strips using a vegetable peeler. Add pasta to pan; cook 2 minutes. Add asparagus; cook 2 minutes. Drain.
Return mushroom mixture to medium-high heat; add half-and-half and lemon rind. Add cream cheese and pepper, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add mushroom mixture to pasta mixture in Dutch oven; toss to combine. Top with tarragon.
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After seeing the beautiful picture in the april issue I had to make this. And well, I was disappointed. As the recipe comes, it looked pretty but was just bland. I added a lot more grated lemon rind and tarragon and that gave it some flavor, but given the expense (morels are not cheap!) and effort to shave asparagus, I don't plan to make this again.