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Asparagus-Mushroom Primavera

Makes: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 1/2cups
Prep 15 mins Cook 5 mins
Asparagus-Mushroom Primavera
  • 1  pound  fresh asparagus spears
  • 8  ounces  dried multigrain linguini
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 4  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 8  ounce package  fresh button mushrooms, halved
  • 1/4  cup  dry white wine
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  tablespoon  butter
  • 1/4  cup  shredded fresh basil
  • 1/4  teaspoon  crushed red pepper

1. Snap off and discard woody bases of fresh asparagus. Rinse. Bias-slice asparagus into 1 1/2-inch pieces; set aside.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and ground black pepper; cook and stir for 30 seconds.

3. Add asparagus, mushrooms, wine, and salt to skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, for 4 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in butter.

4. Drain pasta; add pasta to vegetables in skillet. Toss gently to combine. Garnish with basil and crushed red pepper.

From the Test KitchenLunch Tomorrow:
  • Make all of the pasta according to packaged directions. Toss any leftover pasta with light Italian salad dressing, cooked chicken breast, fresh vegetables, and fresh basil for a spring pasta salad.
  • Cost-Saving Tip: If you are not a wine-drinker it would be silly to by a bottle of wine, only to use 1/4 cup. Use reduced-sodium chicken broth for the liquid instead of wine.
  • Convenience Tip: Rather than pealing and mincing the garlic cloves yourself, you can use 2 teaspoons of bottled minced garlic- a small jar found in the produce section.
  • Substitution Tip: Take this dish from weekday to holiday by using exotic mushrooms, such as shiitake, cremini, and/or oyster.
Nutrition Facts (Asparagus-Mushroom Primavera)
  • Servings Per Recipe 4,
  • cal. (kcal) 304,
  • Fat, total (g) 8,
  • chol. (mg) 8,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 43,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 3,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 6,
  • sugar (g) 3,
  • pro. (g) 14,
  • vit. A (IU) 340,
  • vit. C (mg) 18,
  • Thiamin (mg) 1,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 1,
  • Niacin (mg) 6,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 210,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 205,
  • Potassium (mg) 340,
  • calcium (mg) 40,
  • iron (mg) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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