You might be tempted to drain off the chicken broth after cooking the asparagus, but we found that's one of the keys to the recipe's flavor.
Southern Living APRIL 2004
Prepare pasta according to package directions; rinse and drain.
Snap off tough ends of asparagus, and cut into 2-inch pieces.
Sauté asparagus in hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 4 minutes. Stir in red bell pepper and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender. Stir in salt and pepper.
Toss together pasta, asparagus mixture, basil, 1/2 cup cheese, butter, and 1/2 cup pecans. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and 1/2 cup pecans. Garnish, if desired.
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