We were given some asparagus a few weeks ago. Asparagus is a favorite around here and normally we boil it or grill it - grilling is my favorite! It is so easy! But, since we had about 6 bunches of asparagus I had to come up with a new way to eat it.
I like asparagus as a side dish, but decided to try it in a pasta dish. Here is what I did:
- 2 cups penne pasta
- 1 bunch asparagus cut
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup milk
- Parmesan cheese
1. Boil water, add pasta and cook for about 6 minutes. Add asparagus then cook until asparagus is done.
2. Meanwhile - cut the chicken up into cubes and cook with the garlic. Set aside when done
3. Make white sauce - add butter to pan and let it melt (over medium heat). Stir in flour and let boil, add milk and stir until thickened. Add some minced garlic (to taste).
4. By this time everything should be cooked - mix it all together and you are done!
I really liked this but Michael doesn't like the asparagus in with the pasta. I made double what we would eat so I could freeze some for lunch. I portioned the leftovers into containers and froze them. They reheat well but the asparagus doesn't look as good when reheated - it still tastes just fine but it looks a little deflated.
If I make this again - I would marinate the chicken before hand and add some more garlic to the sauce.