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Asparagus & Potato Spaghetti

November 17, 2009

For a quick dinner, throw leftover vegetables in a skillet with olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper and serve over whole wheat spaghetti. I literally threw this together in less than 15 minutes using vegetables I had on hand. I like to have cooked vegetables, such as asparagus and fingerling potatoes, prepared and ready to eat because it makes for quick meals when I am heading out the door. I’ve been lacking in the vegetable department lately, so this was a good way to get a couple servings of vegetables in a nutritious flavorful meal. You don’t need a fancy sauce when you’re making pasta, just the basics with good olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. I always add some red pepper flakes in the olive oil while I’m sauteing the garlic just for some heat. Feel free to adjust to your taste. I wasn’t going to cook anything last night since it was so crazy with the fall cooking workshop earlier in the day, but I also wanted to come home after my night class to a warm comforting meal. Brennan thought he got lucky and was able to eat up a frozen pizza that we had won from Wolfgang Puck a couple months ago, but no luck. I probably made this meal in the same amount of time or less than if he were to heat up a frozen pizza!

Asparagus & Potato Spaghetti

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 bunches asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups diced fingerling potatoes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Directions

1. Boil asparagus and diced potatoes until tender, drain and set aside.

2. In the same pot, boil spaghetti for 6-8 minutes until al dente

3. Saute garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes and cherry tomatoes until tomatoes start to break down. Stir in Parmesan cheese, spaghetti, asparagus and potatoes. Toss pasta and serve immediately. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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