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
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!!