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Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Avocado Pasta

This spring pasta recipe comes from reader Allison Stockman in London.

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  • Servings: 6
Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Avocado Pasta

Source: Everyday Food, June 2006

Ingredients

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
  • 1 pound bow-tie pasta (farfalle)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint, parsley, or basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or pecorino cheese, plus more for serving, if desired

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook asparagus until bright green, about 2 minutes. Add snap peas; cook 30 seconds. With a slotted spoon or a small sieve, scoop out vegetables; transfer to a bowl.

  2. Return water to a boil; add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water; set pasta aside in colander.

  3. In pasta pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add asparagus, snap peas, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter, cooked pasta, avocado, herbs, cheese, and reserved pasta water. Toss to combine; season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with additional cheese, if desired.

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