This pretty pasta main course has only a few ingredients, so it’s a breeze to whip up. “We used to prepare it with heavy cream, but I substituted half-and-half to cut fat, and it’s just as good,” writes Diane Shipley of Concord, Ohio.
- 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
- 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute asparagus in butter for 4 minutes. Add shrimp; cook and stir for 3-4 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Remove and keep warm.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt and cream until smooth; gradually add to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese.
- Remove from the heat. Drain pasta; toss with shrimp mixture and sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Shrimp and Asparagus Penne in Light & Tasty April/May 2007, p7
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
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