Pasta With Asparagus And Mushroom Sauce Recipe

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Pasta with Asparagus and Mushroom Sauce

Kathy W


This is my version of a recipe I found in a local newspaper years ago.

I also make it with snow peas cut into 2" pieces instead of the asparagus. (Don't bother steaming them; add them straight into the sauce and use 1 1/4 cups broth for the liquid.) Add them after you saute the mushrooms.

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20 Min


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1 lb
penne pasta
1 1/2 lb
asparagus, washed, tough ends snapped of, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
1 lb
mushrooms, sliced thin
1/4 c
olive oil
4 large
shallots, thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne - optional
a little white wine - optional
parmesan cheese

Directions Step-By-Step

Place asparagus in a medium sized bowl, add 2/3 cup water. Cover with plastic wrap and steam on high in the microwave for 5 minutes. Reserve the liquid, adding enough white wine to make 1 1/4 cups. (Or add water to make a 1 1/4 cups)
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat, Add the shallots and saute, stirring occasionally, until softened.
Add mushrooms, increase the heat to medium high and saute until they soften and release thier juices, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add cayenne if desired.
Add asparagus and reserved liquid. Simmer until asparagus is heated through and sauce has reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes. Check seasoning.
Note: If you like a thicker sauce, thicken with 1 T corn starch mixed with 1/4 cup water. Stir about half into sauce, bring to a boil to thicken. Add the rest if needed.
Add sauce to pasta and serve.
Garnish with parmesan cheese.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #mushrooms, #asparagus