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    Penne With Asparagus and Cream Sauce

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    30 mins

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    merron-iru kami's Note:

    A beautifully simple garlicky cream sauce, roasted asparagus and whole wheat penne come together for an excellent vegetarian meal.

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    For the pasta

    For the Sauce


    1. 1
      Prepare pasta according to box directions.
    2. 2
      While pasta is cooking, wash asparagus, break off the woody stems and arrange on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Broil for 5-10 minutes until the asparagus is tender (to your personal taste). Once cooked, chop asparagus roughly and toss it with drained pasta in a large serving bowl.
    3. 3
      Melt butter in a sauce pan and add garlic, sauteing until it is turning golden and fragrant. Remove from heat.
    4. 4
      Whisk in wheat flour to form a roux, being careful to avoid any lumps. When it is perfectly smooth, add white wine, whisking to incorporate.
    5. 5
      Return saute pan to the heat, allow alcohol to evaporate (should take about 30 seconds) and immediately whisk in heavy cream.
    6. 6
      Continuing to whisk, add shredded Gouda and stir gently until it melts. Once melted, add remaining ingredients and bring to temp., or just until the sauce begins to bubble.
    7. 7
      Pour sauce over pasta and asparagus. Toss and garnish with toasted walnuts, if desired.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 18, 2008


      Yum! the garlic comes though nicely and the wine in the sauce elevates it from just a plain cheese sauce, all parts of this recipe went very well with the asparagus. I couldn't get regular sized green asparagus when I went shopping and the usual dutch white asparagus on offer looked rather tired, so I opted for fresh green baby asparagus tips and they worked just fine. I did buy penne pasta especially for this recipe but DH who works from home polished it off for his lunches during the week so I came home from work and was forced to substitute the tagliatelle that we had in the cupboard instead... it doesn't effect the result I think, which is a nice blend of flavours. DH commented that whilst he thought it was good, that it needed a "little something extra" and suggested maybe a handful of fresh basil? We also never mind eating a vegetarian meal, but this time DH said that he missed eating meat when he ate this. (something he doesn't often say)Next time I will make a meat dish on the side. Please see my rating system: 4 wonderful stars for an easy and tasty recipe that I would be happy to make again. Made for Pick-a-Chef Autumn 2008. Thanks !

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    Nutritional Facts for Penne With Asparagus and Cream Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (109 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 368.3
    Calories from Fat 116
    Total Fat 12.9 g
    Saturated Fat 7.3 g
    Cholesterol 38.5 mg
    Sodium 172.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 53.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.4 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 11.4 g

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