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Pasta with Asparagus

 Pasta with Asparagus
Many terrific recipes change hands at the monthly get-togethers of my ladies' bridge group. That's where I discovered this zippy, tempting dish. The garlic, asparagus, Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes create an irresistible taste combination. —Jean Fisher, Redlands, California
4-6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 to 3 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound mostaccioli or elbow macaroni, cooked and drained

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook the garlic, red pepper flakes and hot pepper
  • sauce in oil and butter for 1 minute. Add the asparagus, salt and
  • pepper; saute until asparagus is crisp-tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Stir in cheese. Pour over hot pasta and toss to coat. Serve
  • immediately. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 259 calories, 13 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 83 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.