I had picked asparagus from my garden today, and we had leftover ham, so this pasta dish was a perfect quick dinner! I have a favorite lemon sauce that is loaded with butter and cream, and this lighter version was quicker just as tasty. I added some of the pasta water and a bit of chicken broth to the sauteed onion and garlic and simmered to reduce it before adding the milk-flour mixture. I believe that added flavor and substance to the sauce. Because the ham was salty I left out the mustard.
Lemony Asparagus Pasta
Penne and asparagus are bathed in a rich sauce with a slight bite of mustard, lemon and Parmesan. This dish is lovely in early spring, when asparagus is at its peak and nights are still cool enough to inspire a craving for something rich and warm.
17 Reviews for Lemony Asparagus Pasta
I used this as a base recipe, but I also think it would be good as written. The lemon flavor really makes the dish. I added sauteed mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and a few red pepper flakes. I also subbed rosemary for tarragon. . My husband was reluctant to eat this based on the ingredient list (too minimal for him), but he requested that we have it regularly. Thanks!
I used 6oz of pene in stead of 4oz for two people. My measure is: 3oz per person if not hungry or if accompanied with extra dish; 4oz per person if hungry or eaten alone. With the other ingredients i added a bit here and there and used pasta cooking water when the sauce became too thick.
I made this recipe exactly the way it called for, except I doubled it. It was creamy and delicious and not very time consuming. The lemon zest is really what gives the dish its kick. My boyfriend, who is definitely the better cook of the house, loved it! My only complaint is that I come to this website for healthy recipes and this one has whole milk and all-purpose flour in it, and not to mention the cheese, so it's probably not the most health concious meal. Who cares, though, it was the bomb.