Rotini with Sausage and Asparagus

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Rotini with Sausage and Asparagus

Post  justmecookin on Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:32 am

Rotini with Sausage and Asparagus

1/2 lb Italian sausage, sweet or hot, casing removed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lb asparagus, fresh
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 lb rotini pasta, cooked according to package directions
2 tablespoons butter
Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in non-stick saut┌ pan. Add sausage. While sausage is cooking, break up with spoon. When sausage is completely cooked, drain fat. Cut bottom 2÷ off asparagus stems (the inedible part), then cut remaining stem into 1÷ pieces. Boil asparagus until tender in a separate pan. Drain and allow to cool. Remove tips from asparagus and set tips aside.

Combine asparagus and heavy cream. Simmer 10-12 minutes over medium heat. Add hot, drained pasta to asparagus cream sauce. Add parmesan and butter. Add cooked sausage and saut┌ until simmering. Salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to large platter. Garnish with asparagus tips and serve. Serves 4

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