Mother’s Day Dinner: 8 Recipes to Make for Mom

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Brunch wins the bulk of Mother’s Day attention, but this year, why not try something different? To really celebrate mom, take her off dinner duty and make a meal she will love. The following eight recipes are sure to win over mom with their taste, presentation, and the thought that goes into giving her the night off. Just make sure you go all the way by cleaning up the kitchen, too.

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1. Fettuccine with Asparagus and Lemon Cream Sauce

Take advantage of the spring season when creating your Mother’s Day meal. This recipe, from Boston.com, takes citrusy lemon, pairing it with in-season asparagus for a fresh, easy fettuccine. Need protein? Add cooked bacon or chicken to the pasta at the end.

Ingredients:

  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound dried fettuccine
  • 2 bunches fresh asparagus, ends snapped and stalks cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • extra grated Parmesan (for serving)

Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fettuccine. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and cook 2 minutes more, or until asparagus and pasta are tender but still have some bite. Dip a heatproof measuring cup into the pasta water and remove 1 cup. Drain the pasta mixture into a colander and return to the pot.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the shallots and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Add the cream, lemon rind, and juice, 1 cup Parmesan, ½ cup pasta cooking water, salt, and pepper.

Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture and cook, tossing gently, for 2 minutes or until the mixture is hot. Add more pasta cooking water, 2 tablespoons at a time, to make a saucier dish. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Divide among four deep bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan.

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