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Asparagus Pasta Recipe

Asparagus Pasta Recipe

A sure sign of spring is fresh asparagus. This recipe would be wonderful for a luncheon celebrating the season. The tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, olives, Italian seasoning and Romano cheese create a sensational taste combination.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cut fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Grated Romano cheese

Directions

  • 1. Place 1/2-in. of water in a saucepan; add asparagus. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
  • 2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the mushrooms, onions and garlic in oil until tender. Add the broth, tomatoes and olives. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into the mushroom mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 4. Reduce heat. Add the asparagus, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until heated through. Drain pasta; add to asparagus mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with Romano cheese. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 235 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 634mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein .

Reviews for Asparagus Pasta

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Kathala
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"My 11-year-old loved it, and that's saying a lot! Made a few changes... I didn't have mushrooms so I left those out. Also didn't have tomatoes so I substituted a can of diced tomatoes instead. To make it lower in fat, I only used 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Used 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning, but will probably will add more seasoning next time."

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lsnsyoung
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"2 stars because it started out great until the sauce was added-very bland. It has great potential. So to fix it I sprinkled on maybe a half packet of Italian seasoning and vinegar to taste. I also didn't cook the tomatoes or olives. Next time I will omit the sauce and just add an Italian vinaigrette."

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