Light Pasta Primavera


1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups sliced mushrooms 2 carrots, sliced 1 large zucchini, chopped 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped 3/4 tablespoon salt 1/2 tablespoon pepper 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 14 oz. can evaporated lowfat milk 12 ounces fusilli 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Melt butter over medium-high heat; cook onion, garlic and mushrooms for 5 minutes. Stir in carrots, zucchini, asparagus, 2 tablespoon each of the basil and water, salt and pepper; cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Cook, uncovered, for 1 to 2 minutes or until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Stir in flour; cool, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in milk; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until thickened. Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling water, cook fusilli al dente; drain and toss with sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan and remaining basil, toss again.


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