Pasta with Asparagus


In the South Arm Community Kitchen, Minoo prepared three recipes. They are simple recipes for a lazy hot summer day which we eagerly anticipate. It has been a cool spring this year.

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For the main dish, Minoo selected a Pasta with Asparagus recipe because asparagus is in season.

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Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables in existence. It leads nearly all produce items in the wide array of nutrients it supplies in significant amounts for a healthy diet.

Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease. Folacin has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spinal bifida, that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year.

Besides folic acid, asparagus is a also a good source of potassium, a significant source of thiamin and vitamin B6. It is also one of the richest source of rutin, a component which strengthens capillary walls.

It’s wealth of nutrients, fiber and very low sodium, no fat or cholesterol and low calorie content make asparagus a nutritionally wise choice for today’s health-conscious consumer.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms
  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Source: Minoo


Instructions

Pasta-with-Asparagus-4Trim and cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Save the tough ends for making vegetable stock. Slice the mushroom.
Pasta-with-Asparagus-3Cook pasta according to package instructions.
Pasta-with-Asparagus-5Heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Saute asparagus in the pan over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
Pasta-with-Asparagus-7Add the mushrooms and stir to mix well.

Season with crushed red pepper, salt and pepper.

Pasta-with-Asparagus-8Add chicken broth and cook 3 more minutes.
Pasta-with-Asparagus-9Drain pasta, and transfer to a serving dish. Gently toss pasta with asparagus mixture.
Pasta-with-Asparagus-10Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Pasta-with-Asparagus-12You may drizzle with more olive oil just before serving.

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