We eagerly await spring with the first stalks of asparagus. Enjoy them with pasta in this easy-to-make sauce.
4 to 6
In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until almost tender; about 8 minutes. Add asparagus; cook until pasta and asparagus are tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain and place in large warm bowl.
Meanwhile, in saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in flour, then gradually whisk in broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and add ham, lemon rind, mustard, thyme and pepper; simmer a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup (250 mL) of the cheese just until melted; remove from heat. Pour sauce over pasta and asparagus; toss well. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Tip: Instead of Asiago try a well aged Ontario cheddar cheese or smoked cheddar.