Asparagus cream pasta

Asparagus cream pasta

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(97 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus
    Asparagus

    Asparagus

    a-spa-ra-gus

    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

    Parmesan

    parm-ee-zan

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

  • 250g tagliatelle

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.

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lynette3
25th May, 2012
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
14th May, 2012
1.05
Would need some rather serious tweaking (perhaps the white wine and mushrooms that previous commenters have mentioned?) really dull and tasteless as is.
sarafelix1991
12th May, 2012
5.05
Very nice
BiskitBri
4th May, 2012
5.05
As simple as it gets and totally delicious! I'll be experimenting a lot with this recipe...
janehey
1st May, 2012
4.05
Thin strips of ham would be a good addition next time, I think.
kamicazzie
23rd Apr, 2012
5.05
Very easy, quick and tasty!
chickien
9th Apr, 2012
5.05
Great dish, so easy to make and good results everytime!
rebeccahales
28th Mar, 2012
4.05
Yummy!
mariab2
17th Mar, 2012
5.05
Lovely, even better with some lemon zest finely grated over it!
purpledreamer
19th Feb, 2012
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.

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