Super simple pasta: asparagus blue cheese

Creamy Asparagus Blue Cheese Pasta is a bowlful of good. Quick for a weeknight, but good enough for Saturday night company, this one-pot meal is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Like an Easter egg hunt, that’s how many people remember picking asparagus. Searching for stalks along river and creek banks when they were kids. It was a family outing with a yummy reward. Today most of us stroll the produce section rather than the riverbank.

How to buy asparagus

Shopping for asparagus, size is less important than freshness. Choose bright green, firm stalks with tightly closed tips. If it squeaks when you grab the bunch, it’s fresh. Shriveled, limp and wet is not what you want. Asparagus doesn’t keep long so plan to cook within a few days after buying. Store it in the fridge, wrapped in plastic or trim a little off the bottom and stand upright in an inch or so of water for a couple of days.

I heart asparagus

Asparagus is a busy cook’s dream. Like an easy hairdo, it’s a quick rinse and trim. That’s just one of the things I love about asparagus. This recipe is your answer to a busy night, so get the pasta water going ‘cuz that’s what takes the longest time. But before we get to the recipe, let me just say that after the first bites my dinner-date husband asked that this asparagus blue cheese pasta be put on repeat.

Asparagus benefits

Like many vegetables, asparagus is a prebiotic. Prebiotics are natural, non-digestible food components that are linked to promoting the growth of helpful bacteria in your gut. They’re the “good” bacteria. That’s just one of the benefits. It’s also low in calories, ½ cup or 6 spears has about 20 calories and 1 ½ grams fiber.

The best way to cook asparagus

Asparagus grows in sandy soil, so rinse it well. I fill a bread pan with water and soak the stalks for a few minutes. Speaking of stalks, asparagus stalks are tough. Break each stalk, just at the point where it snaps, 1-3 inches from the bottom. With a rinse and trim, asparagus is easy and quick to cook. It’s best when crisp and tender. Steam in the microwave, grill or roast in the oven for 3 to 4 minutes.

Asparagus’ mystery

Asparagus’ most unique quality is how we remember we ate it the next time we pee. An odor in our urine. Blame it on converting asparagusic acid to sulfur-containing compounds. Controversy exists over whether we all produce it, because only some of us can smell it. About 40 percent of us detect it. Ben Franklin noticed it. I do too. In any event, it’s a harmless reminder that we’ve eaten the highly nutritious vegetable.

How to make creamy asparagus blue cheese pasta – a one-pot meal

Another day. Another answer required for what’s for dinner. I hear ya. And I even like to cook. But some days the inspo is just not there, right? Something quick. Something that doesn’t require a delivery guy. Oh, yeah, and can it taste good, too?

Here ya go. The super simple creamy asparagus blue cheese pasta bowl.

 

  1. Cook pasta.
  2. Toast nuts
  3. Stir together chopped asparagus, garlic and seasoning, cook 3 minutes. Add cheese, pasta and water.
  4. Stir.
  5. Sprinkle.
  6. Eat

bowl of asparagus blue cheese pasta

Why I love this Creamy Asparagus Blue Cheese Pasta Bowl

As if the name doesn’t do it justice. Creamy and earthy, thanks blue cheese, comfort from the pasta and crunchy nuts for texture

  • This recipe gives asparagus a major role. Which I love.
  • I also ❤️ blue cheese. It’s stirred together with pasta water making a creamy sauce.
  • Toasted walnuts or pine nuts add a crunchy bite.
  • Overall, this is quick for a weeknight, but good enough for Saturday night company or your family after an asparagus hunt!

Creamy Asparagus Blue Cheese Pasta is a bowlful of good.

Cook’s Note: Goat cheese can be substituted for blue cheese. Try pecans or pine nuts rather than walnuts.

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Creamy asparagus blue cheese

  • Author: Judy Barbe
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups penne pasta, cooked
  • 1 pound asparagus, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ reserved pasta water
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 lemon wedge, 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, minus 1 minute. Drain. But reserve ½ cup pasta water.
  • In pasta pot, over medium-low heat, add olive oil, garlic, and asparagus, cook stirring 3 minutes. This will sizzle when you add the ingredients. Add pasta back to pot, stir in cheese and 1/3 cup pasta water. I start with 1/3 cup and add more water if I need it, to make a creamy sauce.
  • Sprinkle chopped walnuts. Squeeze a lemon wedge over, about 1 teaspoon juice.

Notes

Blue cheese can be replaced with goat cheese. Pine nuts can be substituted for walnuts.

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