Learning to cook … one kid at a time

Alfredo with Roasted Asparagus November 23, 2011

Filed under: "Fast Food",Recipes — gastromami @ 6:59 am

This quick and easy dish comes from my favorite magazine – Cooking Light!

Basically it tastes like rich, homemade macaroni & cheese and who doesn’t love that on a cold, rainy, late fall night?

2 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
16 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pre-heat oven to 425˚ and coat a baking sheet with cooking spray

Cook pasta according to package directions

Trim asparagus and roast at 425˚ for 10 minutes until browned (stirring once)

In a blender (or mini-prep) combine the flour, milk, cream cheese & salt

Melt butter over medium-high heat

Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds

Whisk in milk and cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly

Remove sauce from heat and stir in cheese

Cover and set aside until ready to use

In a large bowl combine cheese sauce, drained pasta & asparagus

Ren (sorta) approved

He doesn’t really like Mac N Cheese so this dish was more for me!  He did eat he asparagus!


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