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Creamy Penne with Asparagus and Shiitakes

Earthy mushrooms and tender asparagus give big flavor to this quick and easy vegetarian pasta dinner.

Serves 6
Ready in 15 mins
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 10 mins
403 calories per serving


> 1 lb penne
> 1 lb asparagus
> 2 tbsp olive oil
> 1 tbsp minced garlic
> 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
> 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
> 2 (3.5 oz) pkgs sliced shiitake mushrooms
> 1 cup half & half


Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, trim the asparagus. Cut on an angle into 1-inch lengths. Add asparagus to water 1 min. before pasta is done. Reserve ½ cup cooking liquid before draining.
Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat the oil on medium. Add the garlic, shallot, and crushed red pepper. Cook 1 min., stirring often. Add the mushrooms and season with salt. Cook 5–7 min., until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Stir the half & half into the pot and simmer 2 min. Add drained pasta and asparagus. Toss until well combined. Add reserved cooking water, if needed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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