Asparagus-Goat Cheese Pasta

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When including asparagus in pasta or other dishes, cook the spears first. If you like to serve asparagus tips as a side dish, this recipe is a tasty way to use the leftover stalks. Source: DELICIOUS!!!!
1 pound asparagus
1/2 pound thin spaghetti
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 14 1/2-ounce can chicken broth
4 ounces goat cheese
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat a large pan of lightly salted water to boiling over high heat. Peel the asparagus stalks and trim the ends. Cut the stalks into 2-inch pieces. Blanch in boiling water 3 minutes or until bright green and crisp-tender when tested with a small knife. With a slotted spoon, remove the asparagus and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook according to the label directions until al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Blend in the flour with a whisk. add the broth and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Blend in the goat cheese and the lemon peel.
Toss the spaghetti with the asparagus, sauce and half the Parmesan. Serve with the remaining Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.
Yield: Makes 4 first-course or 2 main-dish servings
NUTRITION PER SERVING: CALORIES 388(0% from fat); FAT 13g (sat 8g); CHOLESTEROL 29mg; CALCIUM 182mg; CARBOHYDRATE 49g; SODIUM 432mg; PROTEIN 19mg; FIBER 3g; IRON 4mg


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