Creamy Pasta with Asparagus & Mushrooms
1 to 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus (not super-thick), trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
8 ounces angel-hair pasta or thin spaghetti (regular or whole-grain)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup softened cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
minced parsley- optional
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water and set aside.
While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and mushrooms. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally until garlic becomes fragrant. Add broth. Cook another 4 minutes, or until both asparagus and mushrooms are tender. When finished turn off the heat and add softened cream cheese, blending thoroughly with the asparagus/mushroom mixture.
Pour pasta into skillet and toss with vegetables. Add reserved pasta water as needed. Add parmesan,crushed red pepper and parsley if desired and toss again. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve topped with a little more parmesan.
Submitted by Laure from California
May 26, 2012 8:26 PM
May have to try this, thanks!<br>
Apr 11, 2012 5:19 AM
yum I am trying this this weekend ty
Apr 11, 2012 12:16 AM
This look's delis. I can't wait 2 try it.<br>
Apr 10, 2012 9:55 PM
We love all of these ingredients and together they sound wonderful!
Apr 10, 2012 9:08 PM
I was just thinking--I wonder how many times I've had cream cheese with pasta in a restaurant and didn't even know it? I would never think to use cream cheese in this recipe but I bet it is good!! Thanks for broadening my horizons!!
Apr 10, 2012 7:58 PM
No offense Laure, this would be perfect without the mushrooms! ; -)
Apr 10, 2012 7:25 PM
love asparagus and mushrooms! thanx 4 recipe!
Apr 10, 2012 2:22 PM
now that sounds really good..can't wait to make it..ty
Apr 10, 2012 2:13 PM
Sounds delicious. I love asparagus.
Apr 10, 2012 10:03 AM
Thanks for sharing. I'll pass on this one.
Apr 10, 2012 9:44 AM
Sounds so good. Will be supper after I get to grocery store. Thank you.
Apr 10, 2012 9:15 AM
add some ham or chicken and you got dinner
Apr 10, 2012 8:48 AM
Love fresh mushrooms and asparagus - together they would be great. TY
Apr 10, 2012 8:12 AM
looks and sounds really good. thank you
Apr 10, 2012 8:06 AM
Looks so good and our asparagus is just coming in.
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