Creamy Asparagus Pasta

Jennifer W. | The Scrumptious Pumpkin
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Creamy asparagus pasta makes us SO happy it's spring! The easy one-pot meal is absolutely delectable.

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Photo

Considering all of the pasta recipes I’ve ever created, this creamy one pot asparagus pasta is one of my all-time favorites. It’s healthy and packed with lots of nutrient-rich spring vegetables like asparagus and mushrooms. So this pasta happens to be light on calories (about 280 calories per serving) while also filled with detoxifying fiber (25% DV per serving) and skin-smoothing calcium (29% DV per serving) and vitamin A (15% DV per serving).

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Picture

But yet, at the same time, it tastes like the most flavorful, creamy, indulgent bowlful of pasta.

One other big bonus? This pasta is cooked all in one pot, so it’s simple and quick to make (it’s ready in about 30 minutes), with an easy cleanup.

Pasta Cooking Photo

To begin, just toss plenty of whole wheat linguine into a big stockpot filled with three cups of water. Toss in a bit of minced garlic and chopped shallot, partially cover the pot, and bring the water to a boil.

Asparagus and Mushrooms Photo

Then toss some freshly chopped asparagus and crimini mushrooms into the pot after most of the water is boiled away and the pasta is nearly tender.  To keep the mushrooms fresh and tender and the asparagus crisp and vivid green, these spring veggies will only need a few minutes of cooking time.

Shredded Parmesan Cheese Photo

Next, the secret to plenty of creamy, rich, indulgent flavor: grate up plenty of real parmesan cheese! And, when the pasta is al dente and the water has all been absorbed, remove the pot from the heat and stir it in. The warmth from the pasta will melt the cheese right in – delicious!

Mascarpone Cheese Container Photo

Also add a bit of mascarpone (Italian cream). I love mascarpone because, as compared to, say, butter or cream cheese, it’s lighter in fat and calories. But yet a small dollop adds the most scrumptious, rich, creamy texture to the pasta.

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Image

This pasta has the perfect combination of crisp, fresh spring asparagus and rich, creamy parmesan flavor. It’s nice to enjoy a generous helping of creamy pasta while at the same time knowing you’re eating something really fresh and nutritious too!

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Recipe

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Whole Wheat Linguine
  • 3 cups Water
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Shallot, Diced
  • 1 pound Asparagus, Ends removed and sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 6 ounces Cremini Mushrooms, Thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Sundried Tomatoes, Diced
  • 3 tablespoons Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, Freshly grated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Add the linguine, water, garlic, and shallot to a large stockpot. Season with salt and pepper. Partially cover and bring water to a boil. Remove cover and adjust to a simmer. Add asparagus and mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until pasta is al dente and water is absorbed, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Remove pot from heat, and add sun dried tomatoes, mascarpone, and grated parmesan. Stir until well combined, and serve. 

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Jen is a lifelong lover of fresh, healthy eating. She shares this love on The Scrumptious Pumpkin. Here on Food Fanatic, she's sharing her best Healthy Comfort Food.