06 Jun 2010 Pasta with Asparagus
 |  Category: Main Dish, Meatless, Pasta, Veggies  | Tags: ,

My daughter Abby has been a successful member of Weight Watchers, on-and-off, for about 2 years now. When I found a Weight Watcher’s foodie blog recently, I sent the link to her. She immediately sent back that she wanted to make this. I was underwhelmed with her choice. The ingredient list didn’t add up to much for me. I was wrong. This is a knock out pasta dish; easy, quick and quite delicious. What more could you want? Ohhh…, Weight Watcher’s points! 4 points per serving. Oooops. This only served the two of us…, make that 8 points per serving…, but still yummy, still incredibly easy and fast to pull together. To serve four I would throw in some cubes of cooked chicken or beef, or even a few shrimp.

Abby moves into her own apartment in August. I am pulling together a cookbook for her. This one is going in it. I hope it becomes of one of her staples. Thanks Skinny Taste!

Pasta with Asparagus

1 lb asparagus, cut into 2″ pieces (tough ends discarded)
6 oz uncooked pasta (less than half a box)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

In a large pot boil 4 cups water with 1 T. salt. When boiling, add asparagus and cook 4 minutes, until tender crisp. Remove asparagus with slotted spoon to a dish and set aside. Remove 1/4 cup cooking water and set aside. Add more water to pan, return to a boil, and cook pasta in same water. Look on the box for the cooking time.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine egg yolk, cheese, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup asparagus liquid. Set aside. In a large frying pan heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook until golden, add asparagus and sauté about 1-2 minutes, tossing with oil and garlic. Add in cooked pasta and egg mixture. Toss and stir well, cooing on medium-low for about 2 minutes, or until sauce thickens and sticks to pasta. Serve.

Optional-Stir in 1 cup cooked cubed chicken, beef, or shrimp when adding the cooked asparagus to the frying pan.

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup • Points: 4 ww pts
Calories: 227.6 • Fat: 7.0 g • Protein: 5.4 g • Carb: 38.3 g • Fiber: 6.9 g

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