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Roasted Asparagus Pasta

Asparagus Pasta is the perfect way to enjoy fresh spring asparagus! Tender asparagus tossed with penne in a creamy roasted garlic sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 348 kcal

Ingredients
  

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole head garlic
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds asparagus tough ends trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces dried penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut the top 1/4 inch off the garlic. Place garlic on a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle 1 teaspoon olive oil over the top. Wrap in the foil and roast for 40 - 45 minutes or until browned and soft. Remove from oven. Allow to cool. Use a fork to remove cloves. Mash together in a bowl.
  • Toss the cut asparagus with salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Roast in oven for 10 minutes.
  • While asparagus is roasting, bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  • In the same pot you cooked the pasta in, melt butter. Stir in roasted garlic and cream. Return pasta to the pan and add roasted asparagus. Toss to coat the pasta and asparagus in the cream sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.

Notes

You can substitute another short pasta for the penne. Elbows, shells or ziti would be great options. 
When picking your asparagus make sure that the spears aren't too thick or too thin. The thicker pieces tend to be a bit "woodier". If they are too thin they will cook too fast in the oven and risk burning.
Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 12gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 310mgPotassium: 501mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1518IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 4mg
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Keywords: asparagus, pasta, roasted garlic