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Asparagus Lemon Pasta

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MyCookbook Member: AprilG
Recipe Category: Pasta
Recipe Preparation Level: easy
    1 1/2 lbs asparagus, cut in 1/2" slices
    1 lb bow-tie pasta
    6 tbls butter
    1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    zest from 3 lemons
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    3/4 tsp salt
    1/3 cup fine chopped parsley
    Parmesan cheese

    Steam asparagus, covered, til crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a colander and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Drain well.

    In a kettle bring 5 quarts salt water to a boil.

    In a deep skillet heat butter and cream over med-low til butter is melted. Stir in zest, lemon juice, and salt. Take off heat and cover.

    Add pasta to water and boil til done. Ladle 1/4 cup pasta water in sauce and stir. Drain pasta.

    Add pasta and asparagus to sauce and cook over med, tossing, 1 minute, or til heated through. Add parsley and salt and pepper to taste and toss.

    Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve more Parmesan on the side.

    Serves 4.

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