Asparagus and Mushroom Farfalle

If you love asparagus and mushrooms you are going to have to add this to your “Must Make List” today!

Several years ago, I became obsessed with asparagus. Seriously, I could not get enough asparagus!! Every time I was in the grocery store or farmers market I was getting more asparagus. I would end up with 2-3 bunches at a time.  So, with my obsession I was constantly looking for different ways to incorporate it into our dinners. I combed through years of magazines, websites, Pinterest. Then, one day I was watching the Food Network and Giada was making…you guessed it…Asparagus!! 

Asparagus and Mushroom Farfalle 

Asparagus 

Asparagus not only tastes delicious they are full of great nutrients. Asparagus are a great source of folate, vitamin K, A, C, beta carotene, and fiber. The tips hold the most nutrients and are loaded with antioxidants. All these antioxidants work as an anti-inflammatory, to help reduce the risk of chronic health problems like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Asparagus is special because it contains glutathione, a combination of 3 amino acids that function as a detoxifying agent to help rid the body of free radicals and protects against some types of cancer. Eating asparagus can also help prevent cognitive decline by providing folate and vitamin B12. I’m all for more of that! 

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This dish is quick cooking, so you want to have everything prepped and ready before starting. The pasta takes about 10 minutes to cook to al dente. I like to start the pasta, wait a couple of minutes then begin making the asparagus and mushrooms. You want to be able to melt the mascarpone cheese with the warm pasta, so drain it (don’t rinse) and add to a bowl with the cheese right away. This will give you deliciously creamy pasta.

Asparagus and Mushroom Farfalle
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb farfalle pasta
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lb baby bella mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 lb asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • 4 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 4 oz walnuts, toasted
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Prepare farfalle according to package directions.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the skillet, add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 minutes to lightly brown.
  4. Add the cut asparagus, basil, and garlic salt to skillet. Toss to coat and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until asparagus is bright green and slightly tender.
  5. In a large serving bowl add the mascarpone cheese. Pour warm pasta over the cheese, stir to melt cheese.
  6. Add the asparagus mixture over the pasta and top with walnuts and parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve warm.
Notes
Slightly adapted from Giada Everyday Italian

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Asparagus and Mushroom Farfalle

Oh my goodness…Asparagus and Mushroom Farfalle is a delicious combination of creamy pasta with crisp asparagus, savory mushrooms and crunchy walnuts! It makes your mouth and tummy happy. By the way this is another one of our favorite quick cooking meals for those busy school nights.  Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. I’m so adding this to my to make list… mushrooms and asparagus are both favorites of mine! And mascarpone and parmesan, yum!!

  2. Asparagus is my FAVORITE veggie and I love mushrooms too! Cindy, this sounds fantastic! With an Italian family background, you the know the pasta is already welcome. Yum! Pinning!

  3. Oh yum!!!!!!! Pasta is like an all time favorite at my home! And this is just delicious!!!! I loveeee mushrooms and I cannot wait to make it!!!! :)

    • I could eat pasta everyday if I didn’t have to work to burn off the carbs. Lol This dish is definitely worth it. It always makes me happy. It’s so creamy, and full of fresh flavors.

  4. I’ll definitely be enjoying a bowl of this creamy pasta this season! Thanks for sharing the recipe- mushrooms and asparagus are one of my favourite combos!

    -Shannon

    • Shannon, I could eat mushrooms everyday! I love how they are so versatile and delicious. The combination of mushrooms, asparagus, and creamy pasta is mouthwatering!

  5. My hubby loves both asparagus and mushrooms. Can’t wait to make this for him!

    • Thanks! I hope he loves it as much as we do. Even my kids get excited when they see I am making this for dinner. It is always satisfying and filled with great fresh flavors.

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