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Creamy asparagus blue cheese pasta

This creamy pasta is quick to fix and delish. Substitute goat cheese for the blue of you prefer.

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Meditteranenan

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts or pine nuts
  • 2 cups penne or farfalle pasta, cooked
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 pound asparagus, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ reserved pasta water
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 lemon wedge, about 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350℉. Bake walnuts 8-10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, minus 1 minute. Drain. But reserve ½ cup pasta water.
  • In pasta pot, over medium-low heat, add olive oil, garlic, and asparagus, cook stirring 3 minutes. This will sizzle when you add the ingredients. Add pasta back to pot, stir in cheese and 1/3 cup pasta water. I start with 1/3 cup and add more water if I need it, to make a creamy sauce.
  • To serve, sprinkle on chopped walnuts and squeeze a lemon wedge over, about 1 teaspoon juice.

Notes

Blue cheese can be replaced with goat cheese. Pine nuts can be substituted for walnuts.

Keywords: easy pasta, Mediterranean diet, easy dinner