Asparagus cream pasta

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins


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

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal931
  • fat47g
  • saturates26g
  • carbs100g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein28g
  • salt0.53g
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  • 1 bunch asparagus



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 142ml tub double cream
  • 2 garlic clove, peeled, but left whole
  • 50g Parmesan, half grated, half shaved



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 250g tagliatelle


  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.

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Comments (95)

rlehbt's picture

This recipe is so good. I chopped the garlic and then sieved it out and also used soya cream to make it less fattening. Still really great! Kind of like an asparagus carbonara.

alison_price_uk's picture

This is a lovely and well balanced recipe. I made it with half fat creme fraiche and more asparagus this time as I'm dieting and it was just as good.

foodyclaire83's picture

Lovely recipe, we used cheddar instead of parmesan because that what was in the fridge but will definitely make it again with parmesan, although not too often after seeing the calories and sat fat per portion!!

jenna18's picture

had this made for my birthday was so delicious! so easy to make (as boyfriend made it! hehe) also put peas in it. deffo recommend.

thecherub's picture

Really disappointed. Dull and taseless, wish I had added the twaeks that other Good Fooders had suggested. Not a fan of mushrooms but some ham might have been a good idea, it needed something as it was a very unexciting dish otherwise. Probably wont bother with making this again though even with the ham. Much better recipes out there than this one.

happydays95's picture

Total winner..... added more cream and some full flavour cheddar cheese with the parmesan shavings, kept the garlic in with the cream and blitzed, subtle and delicious, hubby was well impressed!
will be doing this pasta dish again and again..........

granite's picture

Bought a 500g of asparagus, used half for 2 people. I changed the recipe a bit. Used Elmlea cream and I blitzed the 2 garlic cloves with the cream plus I added half a glass of white wine to the cream. This I done as suggested by others. I chopped another clove of garlic, fried it in a little olive oil for 1 minute, added the chopped mushrooms, about 150g, added loads of pepper to the mushrooms. I also added 6 chopped sundried tomatoes in olive oil to the mushrooms. Stirred all with the pasta. Gorgeous taste and full of flavour. Try it, it is definately not bland.

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

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

Very nice

BiskitBri's picture

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

janehey's picture

Thin strips of ham would be a good addition next time, I think.

kamicazzie's picture

Very easy, quick and tasty!

chickien's picture

Great dish, so easy to make and good results everytime!

mariab2's picture

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

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

aliysahussein's picture

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

Really, really nice and easy to add to.


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