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Pasta with Asparagus

Many terrific recipes change hands at my ladies' bridge group's monthly get-togethers. 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
    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


  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy 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, 8-10 minutes. Stir in cheese. Pour over hot pasta and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 259 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Gretha
    Jun 1, 2020

    I love it when I have everything at home for a new dish and don't need to don mask and gloves to go to the grocery store! Because I had one to use, I added 1 chopped zucchini to the garlic when it was being sautéed and did not add the hot pepper sauce. We added the Parmesan cheese at the table along with previously toasted pine nuts and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. This was a very nice meal!

  • Ceege
    Apr 6, 2020

    I make this often. We all love it, but can't have the hot sauce. I elect to grate some lemon peel over the bowl, add a squeeze or two of lemon juice and stir until blended. It is a very refreshing meal and my whole family asks for it quite often.

  • Karen
    Mar 23, 2020

    Love this pasta asparagus! I clipped the recipe out of my taste of home magazine in the early 1990's! This is how I was able to get my children to love asparagus.

  • aug2295
    Mar 22, 2020

    What a great spring dish! The asparagus was perfect with the note of spice from the red pepper and hot sauce. I added a little leftover chicken to make this feel a little more like a main dish, but honestly, it was hearty and probably didn't need that.

  • Carolyn
    Feb 5, 2020

    This was delicious. Only thing different, I added 1/2 of a small onion finely fixed with the garlic and served the cheese on the side because some couldn't have it. Will make again. Thanks for the recipe. Also don't know how anyone would think this bland with 5 garlic cloves and red pepper flakes.

  • angela32
    Oct 26, 2019

    This was delicious. The only change I made was the pasta, I had egg noodles so I used those. They were great.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Oct 11, 2018

    This dish was great. I was worried about the pepper flakes and hot sauce but the amount was fine - my kids even liked it! I added a bit more asparagus and a little more butter to the sauce (since I increased the asparagus. As some others mentioned, the cheese is great with it but not completely necessary. It tastes great without it!

  • helen
    May 8, 2018

    excellent. I used gluten free pasta (green lentils) and it was fabulous!

  • Dianelle
    Sep 23, 2017

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  • redcow
    Jun 6, 2017

    Made just as recipe states, except used different kind of pasta. I even weighed the asparagus and pasta for the correct portions. Lacked flavor. The cheese clumped together. Ended up sprinkling more cheese on top of serving on the plate. If I ever make this again. I will not add the cheese to the dish, but sprinkle on top of the serving.