Lemony Baked Pasta with Asparagus

"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

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♦︎ Scott Pilgrim ♦︎


How to Make Cooked Asparagus

— Ingredients —

asparagus
1 bunch (12 oz.) asparagus
sea salt
sea salt
pepper
pepper
olive oil
1 tbsp olive oil
lemon slices
3-4 lemon slices
(thin)

— Instructions —

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

How to Make Too Cheesy Sauce

— Ingredients —

butter
4 tbsp butter
flour
1/4 cup flour
milk
1 3/4 cups milk
Parmesan
1/4 cup Parmesan
salt
salt
pepper
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.

How to Make Baked Pasta Thing

— Ingredients —

pasta
1/2 lb. pasta
too cheesy sauce
too cheesy sauce
(see above)
lemon juice
1/8 cup + 3 tbsp lemon juice
basil
1/2 cup basil
(chopped)
thyme
2 tbsp thyme
(chopped)
mozzarella
1 cup mozzarella
cooked asparagus
cooked asparagus
(see above)
Parmesan
1/2 cup Parmesan
(at least)

— 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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Vegan Shepherd's Pie