Asparagus pasta is a great spring dinner that can be ready in 10 minutes.
Note: This post is obviously a few years ago. My time in Toronto is a distant memory but this asparagus pasta is still delicious so I wanted to share it again.
It’s asparagus time which means spring is finally here!
I hate to complain as it was a pretty mild winter in Toronto thanks to El Niño but I love springtime and how each week there’s a new fruit or vegetable in season.
But it all begins with asparagus, that’s when we know warm weather, farmers markets and local produce is on its way.
While my winter go to pasta is spaghetti aglio olio at least once a week, I get excited about spring.
Not all pasta recipes need to be heavy, pasta is a great way to incorporate more vegetables into dinner. And this asparagus pasta is light and so much healthier than eating out.
You could find this asparagus pasta recipe in a French bistro in the spring, or you can make it at home.
The best part is that it takes less than ten minutes to make.
It’s perfect when you are tired getting home from work but it’s also tasty enough to serve to friends on the weekend.
I learned how to make this pasta a few years ago and while it’s restaurant quality pasta, it is so easy to make.
Asparagus Pasta Ingredients
- asparagus spears
At first I thought it would be a big production but you only need one pot to boil pasta and one pan to make the sauce.
In less than 10 minutes, seriously.
A Little Cream Never Hurt Anyone
If you want quick and easy meals that everyone loves then cream is your friend.
Not only can it make a great quick sauce but it also has a long shelf life in the fridge. In our culture of fearing fat we’ve lost our love of cream and instead think we can make a great sauce by substituting skim milk.
Cream exists for a reason! It’s delicious and you don’t need to add a lot of it to make a velvety sauce.
It’s all about moderation.
And there’s no reason to cut out cream especially if you balance it with vegetables and fibre. You really can have it all.
This recipe uses Catelli Smart Veggie Spaghettini, a white pasta with a high source of fibre that provides a ½ serving of vegetables per 85 grams.
It’s made with 100% Canadian wheat and oat fibre with carrots and cauliflower and Non-GMO Project Verified.
Frankly you would never know this is a healthier version as you don’t compromise taste, no one will ever know!
Easy Spring Asparagus Pasta
- 1 package Catelli® Smart Spaghettini
- 12 stalks asparagus sliced; tips remove
- 1 large leek diced (white and light green parts only)
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/2 cup stock chicken, or vegetable if you prefer a vegetarian dish
- 3 tablespoons white wine
- 25 leaves fresh mint
- 2 cloves garlic peeled and coarsely minced
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- Bring 4 litres water to a boil, add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of kosher salt.
- Cook spaghettini according to package directions.
- Over medium high heat, add canola oil to large sauté pan. Add leeks and cook for 4 minutes.
- Add asparagus, cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Deglaze by adding white wine.
- Add chicken stock and cream. Bring to a boil and reduce to low heat. Squeeze in juice of one lemon.
- Add asparagus tips to boiling pasta water in last minute of cooking.
- Drain cooked pasta and asparagus tips.
- Toss in cream sauce and add mint leaves.
- Chef’s tip: Freeze dark green parts of leeks and save for your next chicken stock
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although BaconisMagic.ca attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
I’m looking for more easy spring pasta recipes, if you have one share in the comments below.