Photo: Brie Passano; Styling: Claire Spollen
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Adding mozzarella cubes creates slightly melted bombs of gooey goodness.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

Step 2

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 4 minutes. Combine 1/4 cup milk and flour; stir with a whisk. Add flour mixture, 1 1/2 cups milk, salt, pepper, and hearts of palm to pan; bring to a simmer. Add asparagus; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add Parmesan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in pasta and mozzarella.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

LauraD318's Review

February 19, 2015
Good recipe - love hearts of palm and they blend nicely with the asparagus. I wasn't overly impressed the first few bites but it grew on me the more I ate. Solid, clean flavors. I'm sure I'll make it again as it was easy to put together and healthy for a weeknight dinner. Family ate it without complaint and seemed to enjoy it.

SkinnyJeans5's Review

March 03, 2015
Very good. Only complaint...not great as left overs.


March 29, 2015
I read the other reviews and thought maybe the recipe just needed a little jazzing up.  Even though I added some red pepper flakes and a little extra garlic, it was just plain bland and boring.  Such a disappointment to make a recipe with great ingredients like asparagus and hearts of palm and to be so tasteless.  I wonder if the folks at Cooking Light actually test their recipes.


April 18, 2015
Despite all the delicious ingredients, the end result was rather bland. We added tons of red pepper flakes at the table.