Pasta with Asparagus

A simple, yet wonderful, way to enjoy Spring asparagus.  Use quality ingredients to make this dish outstanding.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound thin asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces (tough ends removed)
  • 8 ounces uncooked whole-wheat pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
What you’ll do:
  • In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  • Add salt.  Once boiling, add the asparagus and cook 3-5 minutes, until crisp-tender.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.  Remove the asparagus with a slotted spoon.
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water.
  • Cook according to package directions.
  • In a saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium.
  • Add the garlic and cook until golden.
  • Add the asparagus, salt and pepper.
  • Saute with the garlic for 1-2 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk, cheese and 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water.
  • Mix well.
  • After you drain the pasta, return to the pan and add in the yolk mixture.
  • Cook on medium-low for about 2 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  • Toss in the asparagus.  Mix and season with salt and pepper.
  • If the pasta seems dry, add a bit more of the cooking water until you reach desired consistency.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of grated cheese.
Recipe and image from SkinnyTaste.
So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!

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