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Pasta with asparagus & lemon mascarpone sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes

Skill level: Intermediate


This elegant pasta supper comes together in minutes and has bright lemony flavour.

Ingredients:

½ bunch (300 g)
asparagus, woody stems trimmed
12 oz (380 g)
spaghettini noodles
1 cup (250 mL)
mascarpone cheese
¼ cup (50 mL)
ReaLemon* Flavour Infusions - Garlic
⅔ cup (150 mL)
grated Parmesan cheese (plus extra for serving)
⅓ cup (75 mL)
very thinly sliced, oil packed sun-dried tomatoes
¼ cup (50 mL)
each chopped basil and parsley
½ tsp (2 mL)
each salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Slice asparagus spears in half crosswise then again lengthwise (or thirds if very thick).

Cook spaghettini in a large pot of boiling, well-salted water according to package timing. Add asparagus during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Measure out 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) of the cooking water before draining pasta.

Return drained pasta and asparagus to pot. Add mascarpone, ReaLemon Flavour Infusions - Garlic, and 1 cup (250 mL) reserved cooking water; tossing until pasta is well coated. Add Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, parsley, salt and pepper; tossing to combine. (Adjust consistency with additional pasta water as needed.) Serve immediately, with extra cheese at the table.

Makes 6 servings.

Tips:

  • Use any pasta cut you prefer.