Photo: © Tina Rupp

For a simple spring dish, chef Cindy Pawlcyn folds penne with asparagus and sweet English peas, then adds a little cream for richness.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and asparagus and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the stock and boil over high heat until reduced by half and the asparagus are tender, about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add the peas and cream to the skillet and boil over high heat until the sauce has thickened, 3 minutes. Stir in the penne and cook until heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, sage and the 1/2 cup of cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pasta to bowls and serve right away, passing additional cheese at the table.

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Ratings & Reviews

sjw1946's Review

April 30, 2014
This was really good! I added about 1.5 C of pre-cut butternut squash that I caramelized before adding the asparagus, used whole milk instead of cream for the sauce, and garnished with some fresh, chopped parsley. Very satisfying and a mix of appealing flavors and colors. great as a main dish, also a side with fish.

MaryBethWetli's Review

May 05, 2011