Fabulous First Birthday Party

The Food

Springtime Pasta

Tina Rupp

Serves: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes


  • 1 cup each of four pasta shapes, such as farfalle (bow ties), fiori (flower), wagon wheels, and spirals
  • 1 bunch asparagus, bottoms removed and cut in 2" pieces
  • 1 10-oz. package frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler


Step 1: In four large pots, bring water to a boil. Cook pasta shapes individually according to package directions. (You may combine pastas that take the same amount of time to cook.) Three to 4 minutes before pasta is done, add asparagus and peas.

Step 2: While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and sauté 3 to 4 minutes, until tender. Add parsley.

Step 3: Drain pasta and toss with oil mixture and salt. Top with shaved Parmesan.

Nutritional Facts:

Each serving: 183 calories, 7 g protein, 25 g carbohydrate, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 3 g fiber, 3 mg cholesterol, 76 mg calcium, 2 mg iron, 280 mg sodium.

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