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Creamy Parmesan Asparagus Pasta

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Ingredients
  Whole wheat penne pasta 8 Ounce
  Lemon zest 1 Teaspoon, freshly grated
  Tarragon 2 Teaspoon, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  Garlic 3 Tablespoon, minced
  Extra virgin olive oil 2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon, freshly ground
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Flour 4 Teaspoon
  Whole grain mustard 4 Teaspoon
  Fat free milk 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Asparagus 1 Bunch (100 gm), trimmed and cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), grated (divided)
Directions

MAKING
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
2. Add pasta and cook for 3 minutes less than the pasta package directions.
3. Add asparagus and continue cooking until the pasta and asparagus are tender 3 minutes more.
4. Drain and return to the pot.
To make mustard garlic sauce:
5. In a medium bowl whisk in milk, mustard, flour, salt and pepper.
6. In a medium saucepan heat oil over medium high heat.
7. Add garlic and cook stirring until fragrant and lightly browned for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
8. Whisk in the milk mixture and bring to a simmer stirring constantly.
9. Cook until thickened for 1 to 2 minutes and then stir in tarragon, lemon zest and juice.
10. Stir the sauce into the pasta-asparagus mixture.
11. Cook over medium high heat stirring until the sauce is thick, creamy and coats the pasta for about 1 to 2 minutes.

SERVING
12. Stir in 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and divide the pasta among 4 bowls.
13. Top with the remaining 1/4 parmesan and serve.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
2
Asparagus has an interesting flavor and how about trying it with pasta? Watch Chef Binks along with his good friend Dr. Derek how to cook Asparagus Pasta with a creamy mustard garlic sauce and parmesan cheese. A cheesy treat for dinner indeed!

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