Asparagus, Broad Bean, Mint & Lemon Risoni

Asparagus, Broad Bean, Mint & Lemon Risoni recipe
Baguette is one of my favourite restaurants, and recent winner of Australia’s Most Popular French Restaurant award in the Lifestyle Food Channel 2010 I Love Food Awards.   My boyfriend and I love it so much we’ve become regulars over the past 2 years.  The food is always great, the service is friendly and efficient, they go out of their way to provide great vegetarian dishes, and we can always count on a dinner or lunch at Baguette to be a great time.
A while ago my boyfriend and I both took a day off work and walked to Baguette for a lunch.  We had a lovely long lunch, and got talking to the staff over a few drinks, and before we knew it it was dinner time.  Whilst we didn’t stay for dinner, as we were still too full from lunch, we walked home happy having had a wonderful afternoon.
One of the things I remember from that afternoon was the beautiful light summery pasta dish I enjoyed.  I often find when you eat pasta to you get that heavy feeling,but this pasta was so light, bright and almost refreshing.
I’d wanted to attempt to make the dish for a while, but as my boyfriend doesn’t like asparagus (actually that should be hates asparagus to the point he jokingly banned it in our house) and asparagus is one of the key ingredients, I simply hadn’t got around to making it. Since he’s been away with work the last few weeks I took the opportunity to attempt to recreate it.
While it certainly wasn’t a perfect replica of the original, the basic flavours were there and it was a wonderful light pasta, almost reminiscent of a warm pasta salad.
Do you ever try to recreate restaurant dishes at home?  What dishes have you tried to recreate and how have they turned out?
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