Pasta with Asparagus
SERVES 4 – START TO FINISH: 20 minutes
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
2 to 3 dashes hot pepper sauce
1 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
Salt to taste
¼ teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces mini penne pasta, cooked and drained
¼ cup shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese
Heat oil and butter over medium heat in a 12-inch skillet. Add garlic,
red pepper flakes and hot pepper sauce and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add
asparagus, salt and pepper. Cook until asparagus pieces are crisp-tender
when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 4 to 8 minutes,
depending on the size of the spears.
Pour hot, drained pasta into a serving bowl. Pour asparagus mixture and
Parmesan cheese over pasta; mix well, tossing to coat the pasta with the
sauce. Serve at once.
Our thanks to Jo Ann Farrell of Keswick, Va., for sharing this recipe!