Creamy Asparagus Pasta Recipe – Diethood


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Creamy Asparagus Pasta Recipe – A creamy, yet healthy veggie loaded protein-packed pasta with asparagus and peas, all tossed in a lightened-up cream sauce!

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CREAMY Asparagus Pasta that’s good for you?! YEAH! This real food recipe only requires simple ingredients: multigrain pasta, asparagus, peas, garlic, sauce… you know, the good stuff!

Today’s post is sponsored by Barilla® ProteinPLUS™, friends! I’m super excited about using their ProteinPLUS pasta in this recipe because, hello? It’s pasta and it’s healthy! ProteinPLUS is a delicious multigrain pasta made with wholesome ingredients like flaxseed, barley, oats, chickpeas, lentils, and egg whites, too.

Creamy Vegetable Pasta Recipe - A creamy, yet healthy veggie loaded protein-packed pasta with asparagus and peas, all tossed in a lightened-up cream sauce!

As I just mentioned it, the ingredient combination in this pasta here is so good and simple, to the point of you can’t NOT have it. Chickpeas, flaxseeds, lentils… it’s just a great source of lean protein – 12% of our daily value – and a bundle of goodness that is all made with non-GMO ingredients.

If you’re anything like me, and I know that you are, worrying about feeding our family with the best that we can find, having products like this to make the process easier is what I truly do appreciate. Barilla, thank you for listening to us!

Creamy Vegetable Pasta Recipe - A creamy, yet healthy veggie loaded protein-packed pasta with asparagus and peas, all tossed in a lightened-up cream sauce!

I’m telling you, this is some great stuff here and I can’t wait for you to try it. Best part is that we can have pasta and feel good about it. Goodbye guilt, hello healthy pasta dinner!! A healthy bowl of pasta is what health-conscious people’s dreams are made of. Am I right, or am I RIGHT? Exactly.

Besides, I am really just getting impatient for you to experience this protein-packed creamy asparagus pasta recipe perfection, so please experience it a-sap.

Creamy Vegetable Pasta Recipe - A creamy, yet healthy veggie loaded protein-packed pasta with asparagus and peas, all tossed in a lightened-up cream sauce!

We are going to take our ProteinPLUS Farfalle Pasta and give it a nice warm bath before throwing in our veggies that will *almost* complete our meal.

However, we all know that a pasta meal is never complete without its best companion: the sauce.

Creamy Vegetable Pasta Recipe - A creamy, yet healthy veggie loaded protein-packed pasta with asparagus and peas, all tossed in a lightened-up cream sauce!

This here is a sauce prepared with milk and a bit of cream cheese, as well as garlic and onions. It’s very easy to make and it takes all of 5 minutes to prepare. It’s a nice way to change up from the usual red-sauce or even alfredo sauce. And I’m like, 300% certain that something involving milk and cheese in a hot sauce is pretty much amazing, from the very start.

Creamy Vegetable Pasta Recipe - A creamy, yet healthy veggie loaded protein-packed pasta with asparagus and peas, all tossed in a lightened-up cream sauce!

This creamy asparagus pasta can be filed under the category of dinner bliss. Not too heavy, not too light, just total pasta perfection packed with protein, a bit of dairy, green veggies, and a whole lot of delicious goodness.

Creamy Vegetable Pasta Recipe - A creamy, yet healthy veggie loaded protein-packed pasta with asparagus and peas, all tossed in a lightened-up cream sauce!

Also? This recipe makes a big amount of pasta. 8 servings to be exact. Call up your friends, family, and/or neighbors and invite them to this weekend’s dinner!

For more information on Barilla® ProteinPLUS®, please visit their websiteor you can follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram

ENJOY!

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Creamy Vegetable Pasta Recipe - A creamy, yet healthy veggie loaded protein-packed pasta with asparagus and peas, all tossed in a lightened-up cream sauce!

Creamy Asparagus Pasta

Creamy Asparagus Pasta Recipe – A creamy, yet healthy veggie loaded protein-packed pasta with asparagus and peas, all tossed in a lightened-up cream sauce!

Author Katerina | Diethood

Ingredients

  • water for boiling pasta
  • 1 box (14.5 oz.) Barilla® ProteinPLUS® Farfalle Pasta
  • 1 pound asparagus , cut into two-inch pieces, ends trimmed and discarded
  • 1 cup green peas (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion , finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose whole wheat white flour
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 2 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley , for garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  2. Add pasta to boiling water and cook for 7 minutes; add prepared vegetables to the pot and continue to cook for 3 more minutes, or until al dente.

  3. Drain.

  4. In the meantime prepare the sauce.

  5. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  6. Add onions and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.

  7. In a small mixing bowl combine flour and chicken broth; whisk until thoroughly incorporated.

  8. Add broth mixture to the onion mixture in the pan.

  9. Whisk in milk; continue to whisk constantly and bring to a boil.

  10. Reduce heat and cook for 1 more minute, or until thickened.

  11. Stir in the cream cheese; stir until melted.

  12. Stir in the grated parmesan cheese and remove from heat.

  13. Season with salt and pepper.

  14. Add pasta and vegetables to the sauce; stir until completely combined.

  15. Serve.

Recipe Notes

WW SMART POINTS: 7

Nutrition Facts

Creamy Asparagus Pasta

Amount Per Serving

Calories 264.5 Calories from Fat 60

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 6.7g 10%

Saturated Fat 2g 10%

Cholesterol 9.9mg 3%

Sodium 109.3mg 5%

Total Carbohydrates 42.6g 14%

Dietary Fiber 6.1g 24%

Sugars 4.6g

Protein 13.7g 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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