Fusilli With Lemon Cream Sauce, Asparagus, and Peas

"From Cooking Light, August 2007. This is a pretty fresh pasta dish that can be on the table in a flash."
photo by Annacia photo by Annacia
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  • Cook pasta until al dente, adding the asparagus for the last minute of cooking time.
  • Place the peas in a colander, then drain the pasta and asparagus over the top of them (this will just heat the peas without overcooking them).
  • In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Combine broth and cornstarch, add to pan and bring to a boil.
  • Cook, stirring, until broth starts to thicken, about 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and add cream, juice, salt, and peppers.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add pasta and vegetables to the sauce, tossing gently to coat.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. Love the sauce! Light weight yet flavorful! We ate every bit of it. I did cook the asparagus longer--added last 3 minutes.
  2. What a nice way to dress up pasta. My sauce did not thicken, but that did not detract from the flavor. I might make the sauce with a roux next time, as that would also be better for reheating. But the combination of flavors is delightful.
  3. I had reviewed this, but the review doesn't seem to have shown up, so I'm having another go .... this was excellent!! I didn't realise when I tagged it that asparagus was out of season, therefore I had to use a tin, but this turned out to be a happy choice, I'm not crazy about asparagus and rather enjoyed the more mellow flavour and texture of the canned asparagus. The sauce was smooth and full of flavour, I squeezed a whole small lemon and really enjoyed the citrus tang. Draining the pasta over the peas thawed frozen) worked very well, and I added the aspapragus when I tossed everything together. very much enjoyed this and will definitely be making it again!!! Made for PRMR tag game.
  4. Yet another recipe I reduced by half for just 2 of us, & I almost wish I'd made the whole thing, 'cause it is wonderfully satisfying! Followed your recipe right on down, though another time I might just take a tip from Annacia & make it with whole wheat pasta! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Made & reviewed in 1-2-3 Hits recipe tag]
  5. This was a hit in my home. DD and I both loved it. Delicious and easy to prepare.


I live near Seattle, WA with my husband of 11 years and our pet ferrets. We're lucky enough to own a home with a big, south facing yard which is great for entertaining. It also allows me to have a big vegetable garden where I grow most of my own herbs and a lot of the vegetables we eat in the summer, as well as a bunch to share with family and friends. In my professional life, I'm an accountant- but what I really love to do is cook and eat! Most of my ability is self-taught. I love to experiment with new recipes and techniques, most of which I get from watching way too much food tv and reading foodie magazines. Recently I decided to start a personal chef business and have cooked for a few clients. I love the challenge of designing a menu to fit a family's specific tastes and needs, and then cooking it for them to enjoy. For me, cooking is an expression of love. Everyone needs to eat, but food is more than just fuel for the body, it can nurture and comfort ~ give us a memory from childhood, or a retreat when we feel ill. I always think of the people who I'm cooking for when I make a dish, and there is no better compliment than when someone enjoys the food I've made especially for them. I also like to do OAMC- style cooking, but instead of using it mainly to get dinner on the table, I focus on getting lunch in the bag! Eating out is far too expensive in both dollars and nutrition to make a habit of, yet I want a hot, satisfying meal to enjoy in the middle of the day. Cookin ahead allows me to have great food, without sacrificing either my dollars or my waistline. <img src="http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j166/ZaarNicksMom/Animation6.gif"><img src="http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j166/ZaarNicksMom/PACsticker-Adopted.jpg"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/participantbannerzwt5.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src="http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg271/MrsTeny/Permanent%20Collection/PACSpring09Participation.jpg"><img src="http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg271/MrsTeny/Permanent%20Collection/PACSpring09Iwasadopted.jpg"><img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/PACfall08partic.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/IWasAdoptedfall08.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src="http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg271/MrsTeny/AMpageSticker.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src="http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r317/j_welcome/pics2/food/PRMRcopy.jpg"><img src="http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj81/HokiesLady65/Recipezaar%20Album/iplaytagin.jpg">[IMG] http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e95/momaphet/Food/banner10.jpg[/IMG]
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