Penne with Asparagus

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 8 oz. uncooked penne or ziti pasta
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2⁄3 cup 1% milk
  • 2 lbs. pencil-thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1⁄2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground black pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to boiling and add a little salt. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until soft, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce and milk; increase the heat and bring to a boil. Add the asparagus and thyme, and reduce the heat to low. Partially cover and cook until asparagus is tender and sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Add the pasta to the asparagus mixture along with the salt and pepper. Toss until well coated.