Asparagus cream pasta

Asparagus cream pasta

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(94 ratings)

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 cloves, 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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30th Mar, 2016
Came here through the link on your newsletter, heralding the new asparagus season and " We even have ideas for using up those woody ends" Instead i find in the very first sentence of this recipe's method "cut off and discard the woody ends" Intrigued !
Emma Hollin
31st May, 2015
The sauce was absolutely incredible. I used double cream and followed the recipe precisely, although I did serve it with a good grating of parmesan. This is definitely now one of my favourite pasta dishes.
20th May, 2015
Nice, quick and tasty. Helped me incorporate an ingredient I don't really use and was a bit wary of in a way that wasn't daunting but still gave us the flavour. I've given it 4 stars as my husband thought it needed a little extra to it but a few additions to taste (like many people have suggested in the comments) would make it extra delicious.
9th Feb, 2015
Easy & quick midweek meal. Have served this a few times now and always goes down well. Added extra garlic cloves and left them in when whizzing, a teaspoon of Dijon and some left over cooked chicken gives extra flavour.
Sarah Thiel
14th Jan, 2015
I used mature cheddar instead of parmesan. It was pretty quick and easy to make, and really yummy.
19th Oct, 2014
I used creme fraiche and kept the garlic in when I blitzed the sauce. I thought it had a nice flavour but it was too heavy for my liking so I don't think it'll become a dish I make frequently.
2nd Sep, 2014
Simple and tasty, well worth trying. Added chicken for some protein which went well.
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April Elizabeth
16th Aug, 2014
My first time ever trying asparagus! It's got a strong earthy green taste and I think next time I'll leave out the tips. The sauce was fine - no overpowering earthy flavour, but the tips were just too much.
1st Aug, 2014
This is a quick and easy weekday evening meal that, for something so simple, tasted very good. It also uses the asparagus stalks so no waste! I omitted the Parmesan and used soya cream, a good grind of black pepper and a dollop of Dijon mustard. Yummy - I will be making this again.
30th May, 2014
Delicious! I kept to the recipe but added a bit of black pepper. But son suggested next time we could add some chicken. Daughter who is vegetarian said maybe so e quorn bacon, although I think it is just fine on its own.


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19th Oct, 2016
Excellent and quick. I added smoked pancetta and some fresh basil to really finish it off.
3rd Jun, 2015
I cooked the stalks in the cream, added a more asparagussy taste. I also kept the garlic in too when blending.
27th Aug, 2014
I added cooked king prawns at the end and really enjoyed this dish. A sprinkle of black pepper helped too!
3rd May, 2014
i make mine with philadelphia light instead of cream for a low fat version :)