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Pasta with Asparagus


I love buying produce from the farmers’ market and the market is located only blocks from my apartment. I loved this dish so much that I made it several times over the course of 2 weeks. Thank goodness I have a tolerant boyfriend…


Pasta with Asparagus

1 lb asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces, using only the tips and tender parts of the stem
1 lb dried pasta
5 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tbsp finely chopped onion
1/2 cup heavy cream
nutmeg, salt, and black pepper
2 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan, plus additional to serve

pasta with asparagus

  1. Cook asparagus in a pan of boiling, salted water until just tender – about 3 – 5 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water until completely cooled. Drain and reserve.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water, until al dente.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a skillet. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally over medium heat, until soft, 5 minutes.
  4. Add asparagus and cream and simmer gently until the cream is just thickened, 1 – 2 minutes.
  5. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.
  6. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Add pasta with Parmesan to the hot sauce and toss gently, adding reserved water as needed.
  7. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan.

Author: Jenni

Dietitian by day and Midwest food blogger by night. Lover of whiskey, running, and all things food.

3 thoughts on “Pasta with Asparagus

  1. This looks delicious, and if I had any talent in cooking I might make it…but the point of this post is to let you know that your pictures are awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. they were talking about this over at the rerun website. it was in the first stages to develop into a messy discussion.

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