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Lemony Asparagus Pasta Recipe

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


Submitted by blairbear333

Makes 2 servings



Penne and asparagus are bathed in a rich sauce with a slight bite of mustard, lemon and Parmesan. This dish is lovely in early spring, when asparagus is at its peak and nights are still cool enough to inspire a craving for something rich and warm. NOTE: If you use whole-wheat pasta and whole-grain mustard, it cuts the calories to 396 per serving! And its more healthy. here's what the website says about nutritional info: "Per serving: 396 calories; 12 g fat (6 g sat, 4 g mono); 27 mg cholesterol; 54 g carbohydrate; 21 g protein; 6 g fiber; 604 mg sodium; 396 mg potassium. Nutrition bonus: Calcium (40% daily value), Folate (23% dv), Magnesium (19% dv), Vitamin A & Vitamin C (15% dv)." (Recipe from "5 Spring Dishes To Make Your Taste Buds Sing" from http://shine.yahoo.com/)

Recipe Ingredients for Lemony Asparagus Pasta

4 ounces penne pasta (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
3/4 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons mustard
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Recipe Directions for Lemony Asparagus Pasta

  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Cook pasta for 6 minutes. Add asparagus and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the pasta and asparagus are just tender, about 3 minutes more. Drain and return to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk milk, mustard, flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 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. Stir the sauce into the cooked pasta and place over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thick, creamy and coats the pasta. Stir 1/4 cup Parmesan into the pasta until combined. Serve the pasta topped with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.

Categories

Main Dish, Italian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 307.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
408
Calories from Fat
134
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
14.9g
23%
Saturated Fat
6.7g
34%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
72mg
24%
Sodium
585mg
24%
Potassium
568mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates
47.1g
16%
Dietary Fiber
3.2g
13%
Sugars
7.6g
Protein
23.2g
Vitamin A 22% Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 45% Iron 30%
* 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
B+
  Good points
  • High in calcium
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in thiamin
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