This will probably be my last asparagus recipe this season, so I hope you’ll all enjoy it! I’ve gone with a very easy and basic pasta recipe, that can be eaten completely vegetarian just like this, but you can also add some cod fillet to this recipe if you want. It’s a very easy and quick recipe, with only a couple of ingredients.
And don’t worry about eating healthy, cause parmesan is one of those cheeses that is quite good for you. Not to mention those healthy sugar snaps and green asparagus, which provides a high amount of nutrients for a small amount of calories! Since we are using a light cooking cream, you’ll really have nothing to worry about eating too much fat with this meal. If you want to make this recipe really good for you, go for whole-wheat fettuccine if you can find it.
“Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is a rich source of calcium, a mineral essential for bone growth and strength. Just 25g of parmesan cheese delivers one-fifth of the typical person’s daily need for protein. Because of its long aging, parmesan cheese is easily digested and is also loved as a quick energy source for marathon runners and weekend athletes alike because it is a protein source that digests quickly into our bodies. Last but not least, a serving of parmesan cheese contains B12, a vitamin needed in the formation of red blood cells and in maintenance of the central nervous system. At the same time, it supplies a variety of other vitamins and minerals” – Parmesan.com
But there’s more! Apart from the parmesan, the sugar snaps are also good for you! They contain vitamin K and B6, who both improve bone health. Sugar snap peas are also a source of vitamin C, a nutrient that protects DNA structures from damage and improves the immune system. Folate is also found in sugar snap peas, which helps to improve heart health. They are also a source of iron, which is necessary for your body to function too. The peas are also a source of beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that helps protect against the growth of cancer cells. They are also low in calories and high in fibers, making it a great ingredient for anyone who’s on a diet.
Only one more healthy ingredient left to discuss: green asparagus! To name just a few health benefits: Asparagus is one of the best natural sources of folate, decreases risk of birth defects, lowers the risk of depression and keeps your heart healthy. Just like the sugar snaps, it’s rich in vitamin K so again: good for your bones! It’s also high in water and fibers, which again is good for your body & for anyone on a diet.
Keep in mind though that these ingredients have to be eaten in moderation, like for instance in this recipe.
Serves: 2 people
- 200g sweet sugar snaps
- knob of butter
- 110g green asparagus tips (thin ones)
- 200ml light cooking cream
- 200g fettuccine
- 50g parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon of rosemary
Optional: cod fillet
Cook the pasta according to instructions.
Heat up butter in a frying pan and wait until it’s properly melted. Add asparagus and sugar snaps and cook them for 5 minutes along with the rosemary and a couple of grinds of pepper.
Now add the cooking cream and most of the parmesan cheese, just set a bit aside to sprinkle on top of the pasta when you’re serving it. Let the sauce simmer for a couple more minutes and serve it along with the pasta and the rest of the parmesan.