Penne With Asparagus and Cream Sauce

READY IN: 30mins
SERVES: 8-16




  • Prepare pasta according to box directions.
  • 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.
  • Melt butter in a sauce pan and add garlic, sauteing until it is turning golden and fragrant. Remove from heat.
  • 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.
  • Return saute pan to the heat, allow alcohol to evaporate (should take about 30 seconds) and immediately whisk in heavy cream.
  • 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.
  • Pour sauce over pasta and asparagus. Toss and garnish with toasted walnuts, if desired.