Today's Meatless Monday recipe includes asparagus - a vegetable second only to orange juice as a source of Folic acid (needed to help cells repair themselves). Asparagus is also loaded with anti-oxidants, gluthathione, vitamins C and A, and potassium, while being low in calories. This recipe is easy to make and could easily become a pot-luck favorite because of its zesty and creamy flavors.
What you will need:
- 8 ounces of whole-wheat penne pasta
- 1 bunch of asparagus, trim the woody portions off and cut into bite size pieces
- 1 1/2 cups of whole milk
- 4 teaspoons whole-grained mustard
- 4 teaspoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
- 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon of tarragon
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
In a large pot, bring water to boil for the pasta. Add the pasta and cook for 3 minutes LESS than the package directions, then add the asparagus with the pasta in the pot and continue to cook the pasta and asparagus together for the remaining 3 minutes or until tender. Drain and return the pasta and asparagus to the pot.
While the pasta is cooking whisk the milk, mustard, flour, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant and browned - just under a minute should do it. Whisk in the milk mixture and bring to a simmer, stirring continually and cool until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tarragon, lemon zest and juice.
Transfer the sauce to the pasta and asparagus pot and stir - cook over medium-high heat until the sauce is thick and creamy and coats the pasta - just about a minute and a half. Thin stir in 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Use the remain Parmesan cheese to garnish after serving.
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