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Bowtie Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms

This simple pasta highlights spring asparagus with mushrooms, cream, and Parmesan cheese. It comes together quickly and works well as a main or side dish. Add cooked chicken or shrimp if you like!


  • 12 ounces dried bowtie pasta
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Veggie-Stock Gold® (or Fond de Poulet Gold®)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
  • Ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt it generously and add the bowtie pasta.  Cook until the pasta is al dente, then drain, reserving some of the pasta water.
  2. While the pasta cooks, warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and saute until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and cook until they release their juices, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the asparagus, Veggie-Stock Gold®, and water, stirring to dissolve the concentrate, and bring to a simmer.  Cook for a minute or two, then stir in the cream and the basil.  Simmer for 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly and the asparagus is crisp tender.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce, stirring to coat, and let it simmer for another minute or two.  Add a little pasta water as needed to thin the sauce.  Toss the sauced pasta with the Parmesan cheese and serve, sprinkled with additional Parmesan.

Additional Tips

Wine Pairing:unoaked Chardonnay

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