Asparagus cream pasta

Asparagus cream pasta

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2

Making a cream out of the stalks means that every mouthful of pasta will have a delicious taste of asparagus

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
931
protein
28g
carbs
100g
fat
47g
saturates
26g
fibre
5g
sugar
5g
salt
0.53g

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 142ml tub double cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, but left whole
  • 50g parmesan, half grated, half shaved
  • 250g tagliatelle

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Method

  1. To prepare the asparagus, cut off and discard the woody ends, then neatly cut the tips away from the stalks. Keep the tips and stalks separate. In a small saucepan bring the cream and garlic to the boil. Take off the heat, remove the garlic, then set the pan aside.
  2. Cook the stalks in boiling salted water for about 4-5 mins until tender, drain, then tip into the cream with the grated parmesan. Blitz with a hand blender until smooth.
  3. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, then throw in the tips 2 mins before the end of cooking time. Gently reheat the cream, drain pasta, then tip into a bowl with the cream. Toss, divide into pasta bowls, top with parmesan shavings and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2007

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lynette3's picture

Easy to cook, but felt it need some extra flavour, would try again but would add bacon or chicken or mushrooms, liked the idea of the garlic mushrooms

warvik's picture
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Would need some rather serious tweaking (perhaps the white wine and mushrooms that previous commenters have mentioned?) really dull and tasteless as is.

sarafelix1991's picture
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Very nice

brianmarshall's picture
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As simple as it gets and totally delicious! I'll be experimenting a lot with this recipe...

janehey's picture
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Thin strips of ham would be a good addition next time, I think.

kamicazzie's picture
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Very easy, quick and tasty!

chickien's picture
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Great dish, so easy to make and good results everytime!

rebeccahales's picture
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Yummy!

mariab2's picture
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Lovely, even better with some lemon zest finely grated over it!

purpledreamer's picture

A friend made this for us and it was delicious. Sadly not suitable for vegetarians though, despite the BBC category. There is no such thing as vegetarian parmesan. However, there are parmesan substitutes, so if you're cooking for veggies then please substitute the cheese.

jb5370's picture
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This was so simple and so delicious. Dinner party food I'd say!

aliysahussein's picture
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So Delicious! I used spaghetti instead of tagliatelle which worked just as well and added some extra seasoning to the sauce before mixing it with the pasta which I found gave it a little more depth of flavour

woodster1's picture
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Really, really nice and easy to add to.

lovnit14's picture
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very tasty, i have made this twice, first time i had no parmesan so used normal cheddar instead, and i must admit i preffered with cheddar, but i am not a massive fan of parmesan. also used single cream to keep calories down.

margot_vds's picture
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Very nice, but I have added some things. I am since over a year 5 days out of 7 a vegetarian and I love cooking new things. But they need to be quite tasty as I love my spices ...

So I added brocoli to this recipe and some spiced tofu (to add some "filling"). In the sauce itself I added a vegetable bouillon cube and pepper and salt.

My husband loved it and so did I :-)

mr66hamedi's picture
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Simple, tasty & healthy...

barmaid1983's picture
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Tried this recipe twice, first time I added diced chicken and the second time I added bacon and left the garlic in the cream when blitzed. Both tasted great but better with the bacon. Highly recommend

alexamjones's picture
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Added some crispy fried bacon (3 large rashers) chopped into small pieces at the end. Worked well.

fluffysammy's picture
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Just this min finished eatting this and all i can say is yummy! I will def be making it again and again and again, I added some smoked bacon to the sauce after i blitzed it.

ghlovesfood's picture
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Really lovely dish. I cooked off some white wine in a pan before adding the garlic and cream, and added plenty of black pepper. I served it with the parmesan and some toasted pinenuts. Delicious. Even my 2 year old scoffed his portion!

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