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Oh, Asparagus..(to the tune of Oh, Canada)

As soon as the really nice asparagus began showing up I started making 
this a couple of times a week. It's best hot & doesn't reheat well, but 
is pretty good cold!

Penne & Asparagas (I use Pea Pods at other times of the year)

8 oz Penne
1/2 lb Asparagus, broken into bite sized lengths
Grated Parmesan
Hot Sauce
Crushed Red Pepper

Cook the Penne according to pkg directions.
Steam/saute the Asparagus just until it turns a bright green :)
Drain the Asparagus badly :) so that you retain a little of the cooking 
water. Mix Asparagus & Penne. Add a few shakes each of Parmesan, Hot 
Sauce & Red Pepper and mix gently. Taste & add more if you like.

My husband & my little greens eater like it best this way. She likes more 
cheese & he like more hot sauce. I really prefer asparagus plainer. I 
just steam/saute it, then right before I drain it I squeeze a lemon over 
the whole pan. After I drain it I add freshly ground black pepper. Then I 
eat it with my fingers. Eating it with your fingers is important!!
- Marya