Rating: 4 stars
43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1

This dish is luxuriously creamy, but the pasta soaks up the sauce quickly. Be sure to serve right away. Use refrigerated pasta to cut several minutes off the cook time. Serve with Butter-Roasted Carrots.

Ann Taylor Pittman
Recipe by Cooking Light April 2012

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hands-on:
30 mins
total:
30 mins
Yield:
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a Dutch oven.

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  • Place torn bread in a food processor; process until coarse crumbs form. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 garlic clove to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add breadcrumbs; sauté 3 minutes or until golden brown and toasted. Remove breadcrumb mixture from pan; wipe pan clean with paper towels.

  • Add asparagus and peas to boiling water; cook for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon. Rinse under cold water; drain.

  • Add pasta to boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and keep warm.

  • Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and the remaining 2 garlic cloves; cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Place flour in a small bowl; gradually whisk in chicken broth. Add broth mixture and milk to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from heat; add cheeses, salt, and pepper, stirring until cheeses melt. Add pasta, asparagus, and peas; toss well. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and tarragon.

Nutrition Facts

408 calories; fat 13.8g; saturated fat 6.7g; mono fat 4.5g; poly fat 1.1g; protein 17.6g; carbohydrates 54g; fiber 4.6g; cholesterol 33mg; iron 3.9mg; sodium 625mg; calcium 225mg.
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