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Creamy Asparagus Penne Pasta Recipe

Looking for an easy Creamy Asparagus Penne Pasta recipe? Learn how to make Creamy Asparagus Penne Pasta using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by grannie67

Makes 4 servings



Lemon zest ties all the flavors together in this light and creamy pasta. Make it a meal: Serve with a salad of sliced fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes tossed with a little fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Makes 4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each Recipe on file

Recipe Ingredients for Creamy Asparagus Penne Pasta

8 ounces pasta, penne whole-wheat
3 c asparagus raw
1 1/2 cups skim milk
4 teaspoons mustard seed
4 teaspoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Recipe Directions for Creamy Asparagus Penne Pasta

  1. 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions. Add asparagus and continue cooking until the pasta and asparagus are just tender, 3 minutes more. Drain and return to the pot.

  2. 2. Meanwhile, whisk milk, mustard, flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and lightly browned, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in the milk mixture. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, and cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tarragon, lemon zest and juice.

  3. 3. Stir the sauce into the pasta-asparagus mixture. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sauce is thick, creamy and coats the pasta, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls and top with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.

  4. Lemon zest ties all the flavors together in this light and creamy pasta. Make it a meal: Serve with a salad of sliced fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes tossed with a little fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

  5. Makes 4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each

Categories

Pasta, Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 280.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
325
Calories from Fat
75
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
8.3g
13%
Saturated Fat
2.8g
14%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
54mg
18%
Sodium
539mg
22%
Potassium
524mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates
45.7g
15%
Dietary Fiber
2.9g
12%
Sugars
7.1g
Protein
18.1g
Vitamin A 21% Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 32% Iron 27%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in riboflavin
  • High in thiamin
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