Pasta with Asparagus Recipe
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Pasta with Asparagus Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 259 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. 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.
Originally published as Pasta with Asparagus in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p33

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Kim0827 User ID: 8763291 266043
Reviewed May. 16, 2017

"I enjoyed this. It's much like cavatelli and broccoli. I used penne pasta."

res1046 User ID: 8390460 249534
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2016

"easy and delicious! I prepare it as written and we love its simplicity...a great example of "less is more.""

Dellast User ID: 4180994 244840
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"Heads up an entire teaspoon of red pepper flakes is to much and I like hot spicy food. I cut this in half and it was plenty spicy. I would start with a 1/4 teaspoon and add more per taste. Other than the spice level pretty good, simple to make."

tinycole User ID: 1392308 241257
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"This is delicious. I BBQ chicken breast and slice to serve on pasta."

mrsoak User ID: 1995667 225435
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2015

"I am known for this recipe! I serve the hot sauce on the side, but otherwise, I make it exactly according to the directions. I have been making it for about fourteen years, and it is much requested by my friends. It is a perfect meal to share with meat eaters and meat-free eaters. We who eat meat don't miss it. The dish is very hearty!"

kteana User ID: 394811 7371
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"Followed the recipe and loved it!"

wthtail333 User ID: 6989420 6405
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2012

"One of my families favorite. I use a little less oil and more cheese and adjust the peppers to taste!!! YUMMY!!!!"

Dodger205 User ID: 5863995 7363
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"Excellent choice for a light quick dinner. I used whole wheat thin spaghetti."

nfdill User ID: 1121125 3422
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"What a great dish! Served this for guests & everyone loved it! Thank you!"

StephanieOR User ID: 3107269 5281
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"This is an excellent dish - served hot or cold it's a big hit."

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