Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tribute to Monet: Alfredo with Roasted Asparagus

Most bloggers read other blogs and I am no different. There are a few that I am loyal to and Anecdotes and Apple Cores is one of them. Monet is the author and for the past year or so, I've read of her move back to Texas, her cozy and busy kitchen and the stories of her family. Most have been bright but along the way, and especially recently, she has lost loved ones to terrible things.
A few bloggers, Kate and Lizzy, got together to make a scrapbook of comfort food to send to Monet, and I was more than thrilled to share a recipe that she commented on months ago. So here is to Monet, and anyone out there who may need more than a little encouragement. Happy thoughts and well wishes are coming your way!

Alfredo with Roasted Asparagus
2 cups low fat milk
1/3 cup cream cheese (regular OR low fat.. not fat free)
2 tbsp AP flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup grated Parmesan
1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
Cooking Spray
8 oz wheat spaghetti, uncooked
8 oz white spaghetti, uncooked
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1. Combine first four ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.
2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add milk mixture to pan; cook 3 minutes or until mixture simmers, stirring constantly. Cook 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Cover.
3. Place asparagus on jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° 10 minutes or until browned, stirring once.
4. Cook both pastas according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well.
Place pastas and asparagus in a large bowl. Add cheese mixture, tossing well. Add olive oil and pepper; toss gently. Serve immediately.


Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Oh, what a gorgeous and comforting pasta. Such a lovely dish to share with Monet...and us all! Thanks for participating in this project for our friend! xo

Anonymous said...

This is such a sweet idea! If nyone deserves a little comfort, it's Monet. Looks like a super comforting and delicious pasta dish!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Wow I love this recipe so much, looks so delicious! Loving your blog and so glad to be your newest follower! :)