Healthy Eating Healthy Eating Healthy Eating Healthy Eating Healthy Eating

Make use of our diverse array of nutritional recipes and video tutorials with over 130 healthful meals, appetizers, and desserts to choose from.

Creamy Asparagus Pasta

Creamy Asparagus Pasta

Lemon zest ties all the flavors together in this light and creamy pasta. Make it a meal: Serve with a salad of sliced fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes tossed with a little fresh basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne pasta
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragonor ½ teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions. Add asparagus and continue cooking until the pasta and asparagus are just tender, 3 minutes more. Drain and return to the pot.
  • Meanwhile, whisk milk, mustard, flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and lightly browned, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in the milk mixture. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, and cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tarragon, lemon zest and juice.
  • Stir the sauce into the pasta-asparagus mixture. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sauce is thick, creamy and coats the pasta, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in ¼ cup Parmesan. Divide the pasta among 4 bowls and top with the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan.

Tips

MAKE AHEAD TIPS

AUTHOR EatingWell Test Kitchen
BRAND EatingWell

YIELD 4 servings, 1 ½ cups each
SERVINGS 4
ACTIVE TIME 35 minutes
TOTAL TIME 35 minutes

Nutrition

Per serving 359 Calories
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Mono Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Sodium 602 mg
Fiber 7 g
Protein 18 g
Potassium 467 mg
Added Sugars 0 g
Calcium 278 mg
Folate 153 mcg
Omega-6 1 g
Vitamin E 3 mg
Zinc 3 mg
Vitamin B3 2 mg
Carbohydrate Servings 3 ½

Share on: