We’ve all heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so when I plan a romantic dinner, this is one dish I like to serve. It’s easy on the budget and turns out perfectly for two. —Shari Neff, Takoma Park, Maryland
Asparagus is in season, so celebrate with this satisfying meatless dish from Genise Krause of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The tender spears pair beautifully with the creamy white sauce, which is tossed with fettuccine right in the skillet.
I received this recipe from my mother, who lives in an area known for its fine asparagus. You can assemble to casserole the night before and refrigerate. Just remove it from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
—Bev Angelbrandt, Calgary, Alberta
Pasta and asparagus are tossed together in this mildly-seasoned side dish that makes any appealing partner to poultry or fish. "I lightened up the original recipe by reducing the amount of butter and substituting olive oil," informs Carolyn DiPasquale of Middletown, Rhode Island.
Our family had an asparagus farm during the Depression. My brother and I picked and sorted spears after school and on weekends...and, needless to say, we ate this vegetable quite often. This is one of the best ways Mother fixed it. — Jane Galvin, Englewood, Florida
My husband is a "meat and potatoes" kind of guy, so the first time I made this meatless recipe, he was not thrilled. Once he tried it, he was hooked. Now he asks me to prepare it often. —Cindy Macha, Richmond, Texas