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Creamy Asparagus Pasta

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1 Creamy Asparagus Pasta on 24th March 2010, 8:09 pm

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Recipe

Nutritional Info (Per serving):
Calories: 359, Saturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 602mg, Dietary Fiber: 7g, Total Fat: 10g, Carbs: 55g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Protein: 18g

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

Ingredients
8 ounce(s) pasta, penne, whole-wheat 1 bunch(es) asparagus, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces 1 1/2 cup(s) milk, whole 4 teaspoon mustard, whole-grain 4 teaspoon flour, all-purpose 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper, black ground 2 teaspoon oil, olive, extra virgin 3 tablespoon garlic, minced 2 teaspoon tarragon, fresh, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried 1 teaspoon lemon zest 2 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 cup(s) cheese, grated Parmesan, divided

Preparation
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. 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.

3. 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.


4. 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.

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