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Penne with Asparagus, Pistachios, and Mint

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: about 2 cups pasta mixture, 1 tablespoon pistachios, and 1 1/2 teaspoons mint)

A touch of butter stirred into the finished pasta helps to bind the delicate sauce. If you prefer not to use wine, substitute unsalted vegetable stock.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked whole-grain penne pasta
  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 green onions, chopped, white and green parts divided
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1.5 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, grated (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Nutrition Information

  • calories 400
  • fat 15.4 g
  • satfat 5.4 g
  • monofat 6.4 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 15 g
  • carbohydrate 51 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 16 mg
  • iron 5 mg
  • sodium 474 mg
  • calcium 156 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta and 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid to pan. Cover and keep warm over low heat.

  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add asparagus; sauté 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in white parts of green onions and garlic; cook 30 seconds. Add wine; cook 1 minute. Add asparagus mixture, salt, and pepper to pasta mixture. Stir in remaining 2 teaspoons oil, remaining green onions, butter, and cheese. Divide pasta evenly among 4 bowls. Sprinkle evenly with pistachios and mint.

Cook's Notes

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