spring fling: lemon asparagus pasta

When I cook, I try not to add more fat that I should. While Cornelius could stand to “fatten up”, I’m always trying to fight the good fight. I’ve always been quite content and even pleased with how many dishes have turned out when I’ve used skim milk instead of cream or done away with adding butter or added cheese. But sometimes you’ve got to give in to the primal urges of forbidden foods. As I looked in my fridge and tried to figure out what I’d make for dinner, I had already half way decided to make Kayak Soup’s Healthy Spring Pasta…but then something in me snapped. I always end up making the healthy version of something (not that there’s anything wrong with that at all). This time, I wanted to be bad and endulge in something naughty. So I walked over to the corner grocer and picked up a small bottle of heavy cream. My dinner plans were set.

Oh my…so worth every fantastic calorie! The sauce tasted light and lemony and the tender asparagus was sweet and perfect. When dinner was done, I was tempted to lick the pot when it was empty. Who am I kidding…I most certainly licked it all up. Definitely a springtime treat.

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10 comments to “spring fling: lemon asparagus pasta”

  1. 1
    linda   April 9, 2006 at 8:33 am

    LOL, the best of intentions, eh? This sound so delicious! I love asparagus and lemon together.

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    Fiber   April 9, 2006 at 10:51 am

    This sounds absolutely fabulous, and I like the combination of lemon and asparagus.

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    Tania   April 9, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    I try to eat as healthily as I can, too, but sometimes it’s healthy to indulge. I’ve made a dish quite similar to this with the addition of smoked salmon. And no, I didn’t skimp on the cream, either!

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    crystal   April 10, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    Oooh, this sounds good. One of the veggie restaurants here in Austin serves something like this…I bet it tastes just as yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

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    kickpleat   April 11, 2006 at 8:37 am

    Totally true, Linda, but so worth every bite!

    Fiber, it was! mmmmm!

    Tania, I couldn’t agree more completely. And I love the idea of adding smoked salmon! Yum.

    Crystal, this is definitely a restaurant quality dish!

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    Dawna   April 11, 2006 at 10:08 am

    Ah, it feels good to give in, doesn’t it?

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    Ivonne   April 11, 2006 at 7:21 pm

    Oh! That pasta looks gorgeous!

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    Beth - Zen Foodism   April 11, 2006 at 11:42 pm

    This looks delicious and indulgent and wonderful! I think you deserve it since you’re often choosing the low-fat options! :)

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    darien   April 19, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    Hi, this looks like something that I made recently, and it was so excellent. But, I used some ultra low fat cream cheese in a tub (you know the stuff I mean?) instead of real cream–and I swear it was almost the same. Just a thought for next time.

    And I’m going to go roll myself some new pasta and try this tonight!

    Great site, thanks so much

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    kickpleat   April 26, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    dawna, it was worth every caloric splurge!

    ivonne, it tasted better than it looked!

    thanks, beth, i think it was worth the splurge.

    darien, i’ll definitely try a lower-fat version of this again. thanks for the suggestion!

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