This is a recipe that we eat pretty frequently and both really love. Its vegetarian but hardy because of the pecans....and I'm posting this per my hubby's request! (its one of his favs)
Asparagus Pasta with Toasted Pecans
16 oz pkg penne pasta
1 bunch fresh asparagus
2 TBSP olive oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 TBSP minced garlic
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 TBSP fresh basil - chopped
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided
2 TBSP butter
1 cup pecan halves, toasted and divided
Prepare pasta according to pkg. Rinse and drain.
Snap/cut tough ends off asparagus and cut into 2 inch pieces.
Saute asparagus in hot oil over medium hear for 4 minutes.
Stir in red pepper and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes, or until asparagus is crisp tender.
Stir in salt/pepper.
Toss together pasta, asparagus mixture, basil, 1/2 cup cheese, butter, and 1/2 pecans.
Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and 1/2 cup pecans. Serve!
makes 6 servings