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Quick Asparagus Pasta
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Quick Asparagus Pasta
Speed up your weeknight dinner routine without sacrificing flavor by digging into this simple but satisfying Quick Asparagus Pasta. Pre-packaged pasta goes gourmet with the addition of crisp asparagus and fragrant garlic and nutmeg. This dish is perfect for nights when you're short on time and groceries, and broccoli or cauliflower can also be substituted for the asparagus to better suit your personal taste or fridge contents. For more easy meals for chilly winter nights, visit VegNews.com.
Serves 4
What You Need:
4 quarts water
1 16-ounce package of farfalle (bowtie) pasta
2 bunches asparagus, sliced into 1/4-inch pieces
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons vegan margarine
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
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What You Do:

1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add farfalle and cook until just underdone, about 5 minutes. Place a steamer basket over boiling farfalle, and steam asparagus for 2 minutes. Remove steamer basket and run asparagus under cold water to stop cooking. Drain farfalle and set aside.

2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil and margarine. Add garlic and nutmeg, and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add farfalle, asparagus, and pine nuts and stir. Add salt and pepper, tossing to combine. Remove from heat and serve.

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