This delicious dish takes about 20 minutes to make and is super simple. To start, put a pot of lightly salted water on medium heat. While waiting for that to boil, get the rest of your ingredients ready.
What you need:
some olive oil, whole wheat penne pasta, clean sliced cremini and shitaki mushrooms, thinly slice garlic, a lemon, asparagus, and parsley.
Heat some olive oil in a large skillet, and add the garlic.
Cook it until it browns, being careful not to burn it. When it is perfect it will be golden.
Add the mushrooms and lightly season with salt and pepper.
By now the water is probably boiling, so add the pasta, and cook for about 10 minutes.
Add the asparagus to the pan with the mushrooms and garlic, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
Squeeze the juice from the lemon over the asparagus mix, and cook for one minute, then remove from heat.
Chop the parsley, and drain the pasta when it is finished cooking. Toss it all together in the large skillet.
Serve immediately, topped with a little Parmesan cheese and a side salad. Enjoy!
Simple Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 Serves: 6
1 lb whole wheat penne
1 Tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 cup each cremini and shitaki mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
½ lb asparagus, cut into 1 inch sections
1 lemon, juiced
A handful of parsley, chopped
Bring a large pot of slightly salted water to a boil, add penne and cook 10 minutes.
While pasta cooks, heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add garlic, and cook until golden brown. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the asparagus to the skillet, and cook for 3 minutes, or until the asparagus becomes bright green. Add the lemon juice, and cook for one more minute. Drain the pasta, and toss with the asparagus and mushroom mixture. Top with parsley and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with a side salad, and enjoy.