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Lemony Asparagus with Pasta

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Lemony Asparagus with Pasta


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Lemony Asparagus with Pasta

Prep Time20 min Cook Time20 min Total Time40 min Servings4


  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1 lb thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Fustini's Gremolata olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Fustini's Citrus Oregano balsamic
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Adapted from delish.com


Step 1. 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add penne and cook according to package directions, until al dente.  Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, then drain and set aside.

Step 2. 

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Cook asparagus until crispy, then season with a pinch of salt.  Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Step 3. 

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.  Cook onions and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add balsamic and wine to scrape up flavor from the bottom of the pan.  Add heavy cream, lemon juice and zest.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.  Add in salt, Parmesan and pepper.  Reduce heat to low and mix until combined.

Step 4. 

Turn off the heat and mix in pasta, asparagus and parsley.  Toss until well coated.  Add small amounts of reserved pasta water until you reach your desired consistency.  Serve with more grated parmesan, cracked black pepper and red pepper flakes.

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