Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. Unfortunately, my husband is not nearly as fond of it as I am. So, I am always trying to come up with creative new ways to trick him into eating asparagus.
This week, I decided to make penne pasta with asparagus and italian sausage. To ensure that it would be husband-approved, I tossed the pasta in a white sauce with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Not only does this pasta have asparagus in it, but I also used Barilla Plus pasta. I am a huge fan of the Barilla Plus pastas because they have a good amount of protein and fiber, but taste a lot like regular pasta.
- 8 ounces penne pasta
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 3/4 pound of hot italian turkey sausages
- 1 pound asparagus, cut into 2 inch pieces
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup light cream
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Season with salt, and cook the penne according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and set aside.
In a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sausages and brown on all sides. Remove the sausages from the pan, and slice on a diagonal. Return the sausage to the pan, and saute to thoroughly cook the sausage. Add the asparagus and garlic, and saute until asparagus is tender.
Meanwhile, in a sauce pan, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to combine. Cook the flour for a minute before whisking in the cream and chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
Add the asparagus and white sauce to the sausage mixture in the saute pan. Stir to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.