Pasta with Asparagus

Pasta with Asparagus; a simple dish but a wonderful way to enjoy asparagus which is in season right now.

Pasta with Asparagus; a simple dish but a wonderful way to enjoy asparagus which is in season right now.Pasta with Asparagus

 

The egg yolk brings a richness and creaminess to this pasta dish without adding too much fat. Using quality ingredients like Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh cracked pepper and extra virgin olive oil make this simple dish outstanding.

Why should you be eating asparagus? Asparagus is high in Folic Acid and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamins A, B6 and C.

This makes a great side dish or lunch, or you can increase the pasta to 8 oz for a meatless main dish adding a little more pasta water as needed for 7 points plus per serving.

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Pasta with Asparagus

Pasta with Asparagus; a simple dish but a wonderful way to enjoy asparagus which is in season right now.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb thin asparagus, cut into 2″ pieces (tough ends trimmed)
  • 6 oz uncooked pasta such as Ronzoni Smart Taste or Dreamfields
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large pot boil 4 cups water with salt.
  2. When boiling, add asparagus and cook 3-5 minutes, until tender crisp.
  3. Drain asparagus in colander reserving 1 cup liquid before draining.
  4. Fill pot with salted water, cover and boil for pasta.
  5. When water boils cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  6. Meanwhile, in a sauté pan heat olive oil.
  7. Add garlic and cook until golden, add asparagus, salt and pepper and sauté about 1-2 minutes, tossing with oil and garlic.
  8. In a small bowl combine egg yolk, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 1/4 cup reserved asparagus liquid, salt and pepper.
  9. Mix well.
  10. After pasta is drained return to pot and mix with egg mixture.
  11. Cook on medium-low about 2 minutes, until sauce thickens and sticks to pasta.
  12. Toss in asparagus and mix well.
  13. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  14. If pasta seems too dry add more reserved liquid a tablespoon at a time.
  15. Serve with additional grated cheese.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings , Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 6
  • Points +: 6
  • Calories: 227.6 calories
  • Total Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 73.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 38.3g
  • Fiber: 6.9g
  • Sugar: 2.2g
  • Protein: 10g
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