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Pasta with Asparagus Recipe

Pasta with Asparagus Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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redcow User ID: 47124 267690
Reviewed 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."

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."

Chonky User ID: 6553776 6395
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"I didn't think this recipe would taste that great, but I was so wrong! Simple recipe with a few ingredients that results in great taste! What more could you ask for?"

vivquilts User ID: 3078284 8808
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"I, too, have made this recipe for many years, since I saw it in the magazine. I make this at least every 2-3 weeks. It's great with 1 or more of the following additions: portabello mushrooms (saute first, remove from pan, proceed with recipe and add in just before mixing with pasta), halved cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced black olives. Also, I don't add the cheese to the pasta until it is on the individual plates."

powerma User ID: 3900806 7041
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2011

"I have never reviewed a recipe, but this was awesome the flavor was great and even the kids ate it because of the noodles. We will make this often"

puppyminded User ID: 4011110 8682
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"I made this and i love it! Very easy and quick to make and very good flavor."

auradracorai User ID: 5233057 6290
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2010

"I made this for the first time a few years back when I came acrossed it in one of the Taste Of Home magazines. Never had asparagus before this and it has become a favorite in the house since then. By the way never use asparagus from a can (it is to mushy and does not taste no where near as good as the fresh stuff)."

cuteknee User ID: 1126118 7362
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"I have made this more times than I cancount. Every time it is a big hit.

I have also passed on this recipe on many times. I am making it as I write."

sharel User ID: 866306 5118
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2009

"I have made this many times and forwarded it to friends. One of my Favorites!"

tjreese User ID: 4058610 7040
Reviewed May. 22, 2009

"Delicious!! I doubled the recipe, with the exception of the red pepper flakes, and we thought it was seasoned perfectly."

mapanda User ID: 274298 6931
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2009 Edited Mar. 4, 2016

"I made this recipe today. It's pretty good. I only had one clove of garlic that was good, so I added some "fried garlic" that I bought at a Philipino store. It might be better if you have the whole 5 garlic cloves. A word to people who might not be able to tolerate hot spicy food. The red pepper flakes did make it a little hot.


Julian19 User ID: 3465761 6388
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2008 Edited Nov. 19, 2008

"This pasta dish was fantastic. Very easy and great tasting."

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