CREAMY LEMON, ASPARAGUS
This delicious, easy and QUICK pasta will be on your table in around 15 minutes and will be sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters! It has a good serving of protein-rich tuna (which always helps me justify a big bowl of carby pasta) served with a side of steamed broccolini or some crusty bread, it's truly the perfect weeknight meal. If you are not a fan of tuna, diced chicken would work just as well- or vegetarians can skip the meat and substitute with mushrooms.
This is one of our favourite dishes when we can't be bothered putting too much effort in- but still want maximum satisfaction- and let's face it, who doesn't feel satisfied after a big bowl of pasta?! It's also one of those recipes you can use whatever leftover vegetables are in the bottom of your fridge- a zucchini that's seen better days?--- Sure, chuck it in. Handful of peas?- Yep- go straight ahead! Most vegetables will work as this dish is not an overpowering flavour- just a delicious mild, creamy sauce. YUM!
- 100g dried pasta- we prefer bowties for this recipe
- 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, cut into 2cm lengths
- 425g can tuna in olive oil, drained, flaked
- 1 cup thin cream or PHILADELPHIA cooking cream (low fat works too)
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- squeeze lemon juice as desired
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 brown or red onion- finely diced
- 2-3 cloves minced garlic
- fresh parmesan cheese for garnish
Firstly cook pasta in a pot of salted water, until al-dente- and set aside.
In a separate pan- add oil, minced garlic, onion and chopped asparagus. Lightly fry for approx 5 minutes. Add cream, lemon zest and tuna. Toss pasta through the sauce, add a small squeeze of lemon juice and a generous shaving of fresh parmesan cheese. Salt & pepper to taste.
That couldn't be much easier, could it? ENJOY! x
All photos by Belinda- www.outoftheoffice.com.au