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A fresh and savory side dish

Roasted asparagus with pancetta and shallot vinaigrette

Family Features | 8/1/2014, midnight
Sometimes the most memorable, flavorful dishes are those that start with a few ingredients you already have on hand.

Sometimes the most memorable, flavorful dishes are those that start with a few ingredients you already have on hand.

For home chefs and foodies alike, it is easy to create flavorful meals in a flash with a well-stocked pantry, including tried-and-true staples like extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar and an array of seasonings. With these kitchen essentials, you can create a delicious side dish to complement any entrée - from fish, beef to chicken—or even vegetarian options. Stocking up at your local Safeway with these pantry essentials will ensure you’re ready for delicious meals with your friends and family.

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• Arbequina: A mild-bodied extra virgin olive oil with a round taste of mature fruitiness and a delicate sweetness of almonds, ideal for fish and vegetables;

• Koroneiki: A full-bodied extra virgin olive oil with robust fruitiness and a sensation of fresh cut grass leading to a peppery finish, perfect for soups and salads;

• Picholine: A medium-bodied extra virgin olive oil with a green fruitiness, hints of herbs and a pleasing balance of bitterness, great for meats and sauces.

Take your meals to new heights by stocking your kitchen with quality ingredients, such as the new Pompeian Varietals Collection, available at your local Safeway, VONS or Pavilion grocery stores.

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Roasted asparagus with pancetta and shallot vinaigrette

Servings: 6

2 bunches thin asparagus, rinsed and ends

trimmed

3 tablespoons Pompeian Arbequina Extra Virgin

Olive Oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 ounces cubed pancetta

1 shallot, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

3 tablespoons Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Heat oven to 500°F. Place asparagus on large baking sheet with sides. Add one tablespoon Pompeian Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil and toss to coat asparagus, then arrange in single layer. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Roast, shaking pan once or twice, until asparagus is crisp-tender, about 8-10 minutes.

While asparagus is roasting, heat one tablespoon olive oil over medium-low heat. Add pancetta, and cook about 5-7 minutes. Add shallot and garlic; cook an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until lightly golden. Remove from heat and stir in remaining olive oil and salt, Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar, sugar, mustard and red pepper flakes, until combined and sugar is dissolved. Arrange asparagus on platter and drizzle with pancetta vinaigrette. Top with fresh basil and serve.