The medical journal, “American Medical Association” publish in 2010 based on a study that found vitamin B-6 when combined with folate ( not folac acid, the inferior form, a synthetic form) and methionine ( an amino acid, also found in meat, chicken, fish, eggs, garlic, onions, legums, and some dairy) can reduce the chances of lung cancer by as much as two-thirds. Asparagus contains both of these vitamins, and including the amino acid methionine.
More great news of the vegetable asparagus is it contains saponins which helps to fight inflammation, and can help with arthritis and rheumatism. It can also help to prevent varicose veins. Ayurvedic medicine has used asparagus for century’s to treat the symptoms of menopause as well as infertility and loss of libido (in both men and women).
The featured recipe also includes vitamins and minerals like vitamin-A, vitamin-C, calcium, and iron. It also has 18% of your daily need of protein 9 grams (daily protein need is 25 grams for woman and 30 grams for men).
Now for our featured recipe, and here is what you will need.
Mushroom Tortellini with Asparagus
1 package cheese tortellini
Pint of cream
¼ cup grated Asiago cheese
5 – 7 asparagus stalks
1 4 oz. can mushrooms
1 cup baby spinach
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Add salt to the boiling water and blanch the asparagus for 2 – 3 minutes until they just start to become tender.
Remove and add asparagus to the cold water to stop the cooking and set the color.
Remove to a paper towel to drain and dice into ½ inch pieces. You could do this ahead of time and keep the prepare asparagus in the refrigerator.
Next bring a pot of water to boil and the tortellini according to package instructions.
While cooking the pasta, heat a large sauté pot over medium heat and add 3/4 of the cream. While the cream is heating continue to stir and allow it to slow reduce, scrap sides of pot if needed.
When the cream has reduced by about 1/3 lower the heat and simmer, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Next add the asiago cheese to the cream, and turn the heat to high, stir in till cheese is melted. Add mushrooms and black pepper, and stir in.
Tortellini should be done now, so quickly drain and add to the cream along with the asparagus and toss to combine.
Place spinach on top of mixture and place a lid over pot, and allow spinach to wilt, about 4 minutes.
If you see the cream sauce to thick and would like it a bit thinner, just add a little more cream a tablespoon at a time till you see the thinness you desire.
Plate paste and garnish with cheese, if desired.
A great addition to this recipe would be roasted pine nuts. You can also 86 the mushrooms if you like, in other words delete them from the recipe (86 is a restaurant term for “out of product”, can also mean, “you’re out of here”).