Lemony Baked Pasta with Asparagus

Overview

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Name: Lemony Baked Pasta with Asparagus

Inspired by: Scott Pilgrim

"Weve got this sort of, um, baked pasta thing, I don't know how to describe it. It's a bit early for asparagus, but it has asparagus, and it's kind of lemony, and it's got a little too much cheese." - Scott Pilgrim

Chef's Note

Nothing quite like the comforting taste of cheesy pasta with refreshing lemon and asparagus.

Recipe

Cooking the Asparagus


You will need:

  • 1 bunch asparagus (12 ounces), trimmed and washed
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3-4 thin lemon slices

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).
  2. Place asparagus on a baking sheet, and toss with oil, salt, and pepper. Top with lemon slices.
  3. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  4. Once asparagus has cooled somewhat, chop each spear into thirds.

Making the Too Cheesy Sauce


You will need:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Slowly whisk in flour, then milk.
  3. Simmer until thick (about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan, salt, and pepper.

Completing the Baked Pasta Thing


You will need:

  • 1/2 lb. pasta
  • Too Cheesy Sauce
  • 1/8 cup + 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • Cooked asparagus
  • At least 1/2 cup Parmesan

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Boil pasta until al dente (about 8 minutes). Drain and set aside in baking dish.
  3. Add sauce to baking dish with basil, thyme, 1/8 cup lemon juice, and mozzarella.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. The, remove foil and bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven. For each serving transferred to a plate, add chopped asparagus, sprinkle some of the remaining lemon juice, and top generously with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
  6. Serve with garlic bread and salad.

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