Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins
This recipe is from the great Italian chef, Mary Ann Esposito.(with a couple of little modifications)
- 1⁄3 cup pistachio nut, peeled
- 1 lb thin asparagus, cut into thirds
- 1⁄4 cup unsalted butter
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1⁄3 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 lb dry penne pasta
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Cook the asparagus in a stockpot in boiling salted water, uncovered, over medium-high heat until tender, about 3 minutes. Remove the asparagus, saving the water so the pasta can be prepared in the same pot.
- Sauté garlic in butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.
- Meanwhile start cooking the pasta, according to package directions.
- Add the asparagus and pepper.
- Increase heat to high and pour in the wine, stirring for about 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium.
- Pour the half and half and the cream over asparagus mixture and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Season with salt.
- When pasta is done, drain and return to pot.
- Combine asparagus sauce with pasta, stirring over medium heat.
- Add cheese, stirring until it melts; transfer to platter.
- Garnish with pistachio nuts and serve immediately.
What a great meal for a weeknight! Comes together very quickly and tastes great. I used all half and half and used corkscrews instead of penne, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. The pistachios added a fun touch. I'll enjoy this recipe again. Made for 123 Tag. Thanks for sharing!
This recipe comes together very quickly and is very good! I used olive oil instead of butter and all half and half.
This recipe, which we found in a complimentary edition of Cuisine at Home, has become a household favorite. Instead of a combination of half and half and heavy cream, we use 1 1/4 cups of fat free half and half and use corn starch to thicken the sauce a little. Weâ€™ve used broccoli instead of asparagus, but prefer to use asparagus. The pistachios (we toast them) make the dish, thoughâ€”itâ€™d be bland without them! Edited to add: I made this with just plain half & half the other night, and chicken broth instead of wine--and I think I like it even better with the broth.