Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Creamy Pasta w/ Asparagus & Peas

I love fresh asparagus.  It's tasty as a side dish, or mixed in with pasta, rice, or pretty much anything else.  This recipe is very easy, and delicious!
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Add asparagus during the last minute of cooking.  
Place peas in a colander.  Drain pasta mixture over peas, set aside.
Melt butter in skillet over medium high heat.  
Add garlic to the pan, saute for one minute.  Combine broth and cornstarch in a small bowl, and stir until well blended.  Add broth mixture to pan and bring to a boil.  Cook for one minute or until thick, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.
Stir in cream, lemon juice, salt and black pepper.  
Add pasta to the mixture and toss to coat.  
Garnish with black pepper and lemon slices, if desired and serve immediately.  The pasta is creamy without being too rich, and the peas and asparagus add crunch and a lot of fresh flavor.  Enjoy!

Creamy Pasta w/ Asparagus & Peas
Serves 4

8 z uncooked pasta
1 3/4 cups slices of asparagus
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 tablespoon butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup vegetable broth
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoons black pepper
lemon slices *optional

Cook pasta according to package instructions.
Add asparagus during the last minute of cooking. 
Place peas in a colander, and drain pasta over the peas; set aside.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
Add garlic to the pan, and saute for one minute.
Combine broth and cornstarch in a small bowl and stir until well blended.
Add broth mixture to pan, bring to a boil.
Cook for one minute until thick, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, and stir in cream and the next four ingredients.
Add pasta mixture to the broth, and toss gently to coat.
Garnish with pepper and lemon slices.

1 comment:

  1. This is such an easy & delicious dinner! Love it :)

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