Asparagus cream pasta

Asparagus cream pasta

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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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26th May, 2012
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.
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
14th May, 2012
Would need some rather serious tweaking (perhaps the white wine and mushrooms that previous commenters have mentioned?) really dull and tasteless as is.
12th May, 2012
Very nice
4th May, 2012
As simple as it gets and totally delicious! I'll be experimenting a lot with this recipe...
1st May, 2012
Thin strips of ham would be a good addition next time, I think.
23rd Apr, 2012
Very easy, quick and tasty!
9th Apr, 2012
Great dish, so easy to make and good results everytime!
28th Mar, 2012
17th Mar, 2012
Lovely, even better with some lemon zest finely grated over it!


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