Asparagus & Walnut Bow-Tie Pasta

Toasted walnuts, olive oil, and freshly grated cheese create a flavorful sauce whose creamy texture belies its hearthealthy components.<p>
Asparagus & Walnut Bow-Tie Pasta

Ingredients

¾ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1 12-ounce package whole wheat or white bow-tie pasta
1 lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons pasta cooking water
1 pound asparagus, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces

Nutrition Facts

Per serving: 331 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated), 45 g carbohydrates, 12 g protein, 6 g fiber, 134 mg sodium (6% Daily Value).

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Directions

  1. Toast the walnuts in a dry sauté pan for 1 to 2 minutes, and set aside.

  2. Prepare pasta according to package instructions.

  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a blender or food processor, combine ½ cup walnuts, lemon juice, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and pepper, then add the pasta cooking water. Blend to combine (sauce may still have small bits of nuts visible).

  4. Add the asparagus to the boiling pasta during the last minute of cooking. Drain pasta and asparagus and toss with the sauce to coat. Garnish each serving with the reserved ¼ cup of toasted walnuts.